Watch as deer frantically tries to free itself after being trapped in netting before RSPCA inspectors move in
This video captures the moment RSPCA inspectors found a male roe deer whose antlers became entangled in netting.
When a passer-by spotted the struggling wild animal near Longridge, Lancashire, they contacted the animal charity for help.
RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer Kat Newman said: “This frantic buck was trapped by the antlers in black netting which had been suspended between some trees. It was in a rural setting and the netting had possibly been put up to stop people accessing the area.
“I could see that the ground around the deer was very churned up and muddy, so the poor animal had probably been struggling for a while. He was a large, very active deer, so I asked my colleague Inspector Carl Larsson for help.
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“We managed to gently restrain the deer before cutting the netting away from him. Luckily, he appeared unharmed from his ordeal. After ensuring he would not be endangered by traffic, we released him and he dashed off into the nearby bushes. Before we left, we removed the remaining netting as it was clearly unsafe for wildlife.”
For more information about what to do if you find a wild animal in need of help, please visit the RSPCA’s website.
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