East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service saves deer in Buxted

Animal rescuers raced against time to free a deer whose antlers were tangled in an electric wire.

Keepers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (ESWRAS) were called to the animal’s aid in Buxted on Tuesday.

The “trouble” rescue was one of four separate deer-related sorties the service received that day.

“These rescues always worry me because they’re so unpredictable, especially when long stretches of rope are attached to them and they can still walk over a wide area,” said Trevor Weeks, lead ESWRAS rescuer on site.

“An adult fallow deer can weigh up to 90kg, so it needs to be handled with care and respect. It’s something I wouldn’t suggest anyone do alone.”

The Argus: Rescuers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service try to free the deerRescuers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service try to free the deer

Rescuers shortened the rope to limit the deer’s ability to move and encouraged it to keep tangling itself in vegetation to keep it calmer.

This then allowed them to get into a position where the deer could be caught with a leg grab.

An ESWRAS spokesman said the river bed and the position in which the deer landed were “far from ideal” but rescuers soon got the animal to safety.

They quickly freed the deer, and the damaged rope, tree, and ivy were removed.

“From the point rescuers secure the deer to the point of release, it has to be less than 30 minutes or the deer is likely to be in poor condition and not survive,” Mr Weeks said.

“Electric rope fences are the leading cause of antler entanglement in deer, and often people don’t think about where they put ropes.

“Unfortunately, people often use electric wire as other types of fencing are more expensive and costly to install, but every year thousands of deer become entangled and many go undetected before dying of heart attacks.”

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