Deer comes a cropper trying to jump fence in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 16:34 24 May 2017
A distressed young deer got stuck under a garden shed in Welwyn Garden and had to be rescued by the RSPCA this morning.
An RSPCA officer was called to the rescue this morning (Wednesday, May 24) of a young male muntjac deer who was stuck under the shed in a garden in Welwyn Garden City.
Animal collection officer (ACO) Kate Wright is never sure what the first job on her list will be each morning, but today saw her rush to the rescue of a young male muntjac deer who had come a cropper between a garden shed and fence at a home in Stanborough Green.
Kate said: “I’ve rescued a few deer in my time as an officer for the charity, so I know how stressed these wild animals get when they become stuck like this.
“I rushed to the property and the homeowners showed me into the garden, where the poor little deer was stuck.
“They had spotted him the day before in their garden after he had obviously jumped over the fence, but they did the right thing by leaving him to escape on his own.
“However, in this case, it looks like when he tried to jump the fence on his way out he didn’t quite make it, and tumbled backwards, falling down the narrow gap between the shed and fence.
“He was on his back with his side wedged under the shed, calling very loudly in distress.
“The homeowners called us straight away, as there’s no way he could have got out on his own.”
Kate covered the deer’s head with a towel to try and keep him calm while she carefully and gently loosened him from under the fence.
She checked him over for injury and he was unharmed, so she was able to release him straight away and watched him run off to safety.
She added: “One of the greatest joys of my job for the RSPCA is being able to release an animal back into the wild. I rescued, checked and released this little deer all before 9am - what a great start to my day!”
Muntjac deer are a small species, generally measuring at only 44 - 52cm at the shoulder.
They usually live solitary lives, or occasionally in pairs.
Uniquely among deer in England, Muntjac can breed throughout the year.
Muntjac deer are not native to the UK; they were brought from China in the early 20th Century and introduced to Bedfordshire, where they thrived.
For more information on deer in England and Wales, you can check out the RSPCA’s “Living with deer” factsheet at: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/livingwith
Anyone who finds an injured deer or other injured wild animal should keep a safe distance away and call the RSPCA emergency advice line on 0300 1234 999.
To support the work of the RSPCA and help the charity continue to rescue wild animals please text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).