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Plea not to free trapped animals

Rescuers untangle a deer
A team of rescuers removed wires and electric fencing from the deer

A wildlife rescue charity has urged people not to attempt to free trapped animals after a deer was left with wire attached to its antlers.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) said people should report animals caught in fencing, netting or snares.

Volunteer rescuers were called to catch an adult stag freed from wire fencing near Hadlow Down earlier.

It had run across a field and become entangled on a tree stump.

Trevor Weeks, rescue co-ordinator for East Sussex WRAS, said: "A passing motorist saw the deer caught in fencing near the road and decided to cut it free, but left loads of wire attached to the antlers."

'Slow death'

A member of the public reported the incident to the Kit Wilson Trust at Hadlow Down, which asked for support from WRAS.

A team of rescuers pinned the deer's antlers and shoulders to the ground and removed the wires and strands of electric fencing.

Mr Weeks said the wires would not have worked loose without help.

He urged anyone who finds deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs or any other animal caught in fencing, netting, or snares not to cut them free but to call for help.

He said leaving wire or netting attached could lead to a slow death or attacks by dogs or foxes.

"All too often we get called to re-capture wildlife which has been cut free. This is much more dangerous than if they were rescued and secured where they were first found," he added.

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