Deer freed after days trapped in compound
OH DEER! Here are pictures of an impatient fallow, who was inadvertently fenced in by a power company
The RSPCA was called to Cascades in Courtwood Lane, Forestdale last Thursday (September 6) after worried residents called in and said the deer was stuck inside the fenced off area with no water or food.
The animal rescue charity formed a game plan and managed to free the terrified animal – after three hours of herd work.
Zenon Brown, an animal collection officer at the RSPCA said: "It took quite a bit of patience, five RSPCA officers and three hours, but we managed to free him after we were called by a local resident who reported it.
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"Without his help, the deer would have almost certainly died, so it is lucky he picked up the phone."
Two deer got stuck after electrical company UK Power Networks, which owns the site, put up fencing without realising the animals were stuck inside.
Mr Brown continued: "It was reported to us the Friday before, but we had to establish who the land belonged to.
"Eventually we worked it out and the electrical company were really helpful and had their maintenance company come to help us in our rescue mission.
"Deer are attracted to certain colours so we had sticks with orange shopping bags tied to them and had white shirts on because those are the colours.
"We believe one managed to find his own way out by jumping part of the fence as we conducted a thorough search of the whole area.
"We managed to work it out so we shepherded him out.
"There was a bit of a time issue for us though as it was warm out so we wanted to free him as soon as possible because as far as we could see there were no places he could have found food or water.
"Luckily we managed to get him out without any problems into the wooded area that neighbours the compound."