A BABY deer has been rescued by wildlife teams after becoming stuck in a flooded underground hole.
The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) received a call on Friday after a resident of the village of Blackboys, near Uckfield, heard a deer fighting and screaming in some bushes and thought it had gotten stuck in a small river.
A local game warden was on site, but the situation proved more difficult than first thought.
The very young fallow deer baby was about a meter deep in a hole in an underground channel in the rock on the bank of a small river.
The underground passage was flooded and the earth had collapsed inside, and the deer is believed to have fallen into it.
The deer had no way of escaping and would have died if the residents had not heard the deer’s desperate calls.
WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE and veteran rescuer Ellie Langridge were at the scene in an ambulance.
Trevor climbed some rocks and an old weir at the end of the creek and tried to reach the deer while Ellie waited at the second hole in case it moved in her direction.
The frightened deer started screaming and jumping as it tried to get out, allowing Trevor to grab the tops of its front legs and chest and lift the deer up and out of the hole.
Although Trevor injured a rib on the stone embankment when he grabbed the deer, he got back to his feet and picked up the deer so Ellie could cover the baby’s head with a pillowcase to relieve stress.
The pimply baby, who looked like Bambi, was taken out into the fresh air and sun to be dried and examined.
The deer’s concerned mother was spotted several times by local residents and rescuers decided to reunite the couple.
Local residents and rescue workers will be keeping a close eye on the area to make sure the baby isn’t abandoned and doesn’t get into further trouble.
East Sussex WRAS is one of the largest wildlife hospitals in South East England and is planning to build a new casualty centre.
Donations to the charity can be made at www.justgiving.com/campaign/eastsussexwildlifecrisis.
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