Two stags who escaped from a park onto a dual carriageway in Nottingham have safely been returned to their herd after a joint rescue operation between the RSPCA, the police and local council.


The pair of native red stags were spotted by motorists near to the Queen’s Medical Centre roundabout in Nottingham at 9am this morning (5 May), after escaping through a vandalised fence at nearby Wollaton Park.

A passing ambulance crew managed to herd them into a nearby front garden before calling the police, who put up emergency fencing around the garden to prevent the stags from running out into the road again.

Three RSPCA inspectors attended, as well as a local vet, and the stags were safely sedated and placed into a horse trailer.

RSPCA chief inspector for Nottinghamshire, Simon Parker, sedated the stags along with the vet. He said: “This could have ended tragically as they were running out on the road and it is very lucky that no accident was caused as a result of this.

“The stags have been returned to Wollaton Park, where they are now recovering. It would have been quite an unusual sight to see stags running across the busy road!

“What happened this morning is a great example of us all working together to ensure the safety of animals.

“To ensure this doesn’t happen again, we urge visitors to Wollaton Park, and other parks with deer, to ensure all gates are closed and that any vandalised fences are reported immediately.”

Anyone who sees an animal in distress should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

The RSPCA has produced a “Living With Deer” fact sheet that provides guidance and advice for those who live in close proximity with deer. Read it online at

To help the RSPCA rescue animals, text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit