RSPCA & fire service rescue deer tangled by antlers in rope
The RSPCA and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service rescued a Red Stag who had got himself tangled in electric sheet fencing in Suffolk this morning (23 February).
We were called after the deer was spotted with his antlers stuck in the fencing in the grounds of Tuddenham Hall, in Grundisburgh Road, Tuddenham, early this morning.
In trying to free himself, the frightened animal had become more and more entangled by his antlers and was frantically thrashing around the grounds trailing the fencing behind him.
RSPCA chief inspector Mark Thompson and inspector Ben Kirby attended and realised they would need the assistance of the fire service, given the strength and size of the deer.
They attached the fencing to a nearby trailer to keep him more stationary, and when the fire crew arrived three or four held the deer down while others cut him free
Luckily, the deer was uninjured, if a little stressed, and so was allowed to go on his way.
Chief inspector Thompson said: “This stag was in a right fix – thrashing about the grounds.
“He was frantic to get himself free and even got himself stuck in some brambles at one stage.
“This was a really strong adult deer who was also frightened and panicked. It’s so important that anyone who finds a deer in a situation like this contacts the RSPCA or another rescue organisation and doesn’t try to free the animal by themselves for their own safety as well as that of the deer.
“It was great to see the deer go off uninjured though – rescues like this are one of the best parts of my job. He trotted away immediately, then stopped and sniffed the air, before running off again into the wild.
“As always, we are also immensely grateful to Suffolk Fire and Rescue for their help.”
Anyone who finds an animal in distress can call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
The RSPCA can only help animals like this deer with your help. Please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).