Firefighters help RSPCA rescue two deer trapped in rope near Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 15:52 22 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:52 22 January 2016

Deer caught in rope in Sewards End.

Deer caught in rope in Sewards End.

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Two deer had to be rescued this week after getting caught in some rope near Saffron Walden.

Deer caught in rope in Sewards End.Deer caught in rope in Sewards End.

Animal collection officers Lucy Fackerell, Mark Wasfell and Anna Glozier were called to a wood off Redlands Lane, Sewards End, on Tuesday (January 19) after a member of the public called the RSPCA.

The caller spotted the two distressed bucks in the undergrowth, trying to free themselves.

Ms Fackerell, who was also helped by Saffron Walden firefighters, said: “The two deer had managed to get their antlers tangled in rope, which then got snagged around a tree trunk.

“It looked as though the rope could have been used as a swing elsewhere and, when the deer got caught up in it, they panicked, ran through the woods, and got hooked around the tree.

“They were very frightened and very distressed. But they were lucky to have been spotted by the member of public, who thankfully called us. They were in a very rural location and it’s unlikely they would have been able to free themselves.

“Luckily, we were able to work together to calm the deer down and free them from their restraints. The officer in charge of the fire crew said it was the first time he’d had to wrestle a deer in almost 30 years.”

She added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the firefighters for their help with this rescue.”

Both deer were unhurt and were able to run away once freed.

The RSPCA has now urged people to tidy up after themselves as ropes, netting and litter can be harmful to wildlife.

Litter, such as everyday rubbish like carrier bags, cans and elastic bands, also pose a danger to animals; and fishing litter, such as lines and hooks, is responsible for injuring thousands of wild animals every year.

INFORMATION: If you spot an animal which is trapped, in distress, or in need of help, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. Do not try to free an animal yourself or put yourself in any danger.

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