Topsy-turvy deer rescued from between two walls
Muntjac wedged upside down
The RSPCA and fire service rescued a muntjac deer on Monday (16 March) after it had become wedged between two walls in Headington, Oxford.
Concerned members of the public contacted the RSPCA after hearing squealing coming from the gap between an outhouse wall and a garden wall in Stephen Road. They initially thought the animal that was stuck fast in the tiny gap was a fox, but on arriving, animal collection officer (ACO) Grace Mead and inspector Lauren Bailey discovered that it was actually a muntjac deer.
As the deer was upside down (pictured left) and in such a small space the fire service was called and knocked down part of the walls, before using equipment to prise them apart far enough for the two RSPCA officers to rescue the deer.
Luckily, the muntjac who is thought to be about a year old, suffered only some minor grazes to his hind legs and face despite being stuck there for an estimated 10 hours. Once he had been assessed, the RSPCA officers took him to nearby woods to release him under licence (pictured right).
Muntjac deer are a non-native species in England and the RSPCA has a specific licence which allows them to be released in certain counties within 1km of where they were found.
ACO Mead said: “The deer was completely upside down and we had no way of getting him out, so we are so grateful to the fire service for their help. We’re also grateful to the landowner who was happy for the walls to be partly dismantled.
“Once the walls were moved apart we were able to slide the deer out by the legs and into a container so we could assess him. He was extremely happy to be free and the right way up again and amazingly suffered no major injuries.
“The fire service even came with us to release the deer – it was great to see a bit of team working end on such a happy note.”
If you spot an animal in distress please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
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