A deer's been rescued after getting stuck in electric fencing in a Staffordshire field.
The RSPCA were called after a member of the public spotted the animal in trouble in Marchington on Thursday of last week.
RSPCA Animal Collection Office Julie Lyons said: “In his struggle to get free, the poor buck had wound the very strong electric fence wire tighter and tighter around his antlers. There was no way he was going to escape from that without help, so we called on the expertise of the Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service for support.
“It looked like the deer had leapt into the field through a hedge and then ran straight into the wire. He’d clearly been there for quite some time, as he had scraped bare a large grassy area of ground in his frantic attempts to escape.
“We needed to act quickly as deer can deteriorate very fast when they are panicked. Cutting the wire from his antlers would require us to be very close to him, and that could be dangerous for both the animal and the rescue team. So we came up with a plan, and after carefully immobilising him and covering his eyes to calm him down, a vet was able to sedate him so we could get near enough to start freeing him.
“We had to work incredibly fast, peeling off the strands of wire one by one. Luckily, we completed the job quickly, and much to the relief of the concerned landowner and ourselves, we were able to release the buck, who was thankfully none the worse for his ordeal.
“We’d like to thank the kind member of the public who alerted us to the deer’s plight, and we are also very grateful to Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Glenthorne Vets for their help in making this such a successful rescue.”
For more information on what to do if a wild animal is seen needing help, please visit the RSPCA’s website at: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals
To report concerns about an animal contact the RSPCA’s Hotline on 0300 1234 999.