A deer who had got himself tangled in wire around a tree was safely freed after a joint rescue operation between the RSPCA and Cheshire Fire Service.

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A member of the public reported the struggling deer to the RSPCA on Friday morning (1 September), after he was  spotted in a field in Dry Knowle, Wildboarclough, in Macclesfield.

When RSPCA inspector Heather Morris arrived, she saw that he had got his antlers caught up in electric fencing wire tangled around a tree. Due to the complexity of the rescue, the fire service and a local vet were called to assist.

The deer was sedated and the fire crew managed to carefully free the deer from the wire.

Inspector Morris said: “Thankfully the electric fencing wasn’t on but, to add to the difficulty of the rescue, the tree was on a bank which ran down to a stream. The deer, although unhurt, was distressed and we needed to free him urgently.

“It took a bit of time to get all the wire off his antlers, but we were able to see that he wasn’t injured. After he woke up from his sedation he was able to be released back into the wild.

“It was a very difficult and complex rescue, and we couldn’t have done it without the help and expertise from Cheshire Fire and Rescue and Wright and Morten vets.”

If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).