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24 February 2015, 13:05
The RSPCA and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service rescued a Red Stag who had got himself tangled in electric sheet fencing in Suffolk.
They were called after the deer was spotted with his antlers stuck in the fencing in the grounds of Tuddenham Hall, in Grundisburgh Road, Tuddenham.
In trying to free himself, he become more and more entangled by his antlers and was frantically thrashing around the grounds.
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.