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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 October, 2004, 16:20 GMT 17:20 UK
Deer's 25-mile bumper road trip

A deer survived a 25-mile ride in the bumper of a car after it was hit by a motorist travelling to work.

The muntjac deer remained unnoticed by the driver who thought he had hit a stone and continued on his way.

Only when he reached Sainsbury's distribution centre in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, did his colleagues point out the animal was stuck in his Rover.

Vets examined the deer but found no injuries apart from cuts and bruises and released it back into the wild.

'Superficial cuts'

Fire and RSPCA officers were called to the car park to free the deer before it was taken to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Potters Bar.

Virginia Fisher, from the RVC, said: "She did not need emergency care, she was very, very lucky, I don't know how she managed to survive.

"One horn was bleeding as a result of a graze and she had superficial cuts and bruises, that's all."

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the driver of the Rover did not want to be interviewed, but is thought to have hit the deer in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, last Wednesday morning.

"He thought he'd driven over a stone and didn't think anything of it, it was only when he got to work some colleagues pointed it out," she said.

The RSPCA told BBC News Online a very similar accident involving a muntjac deer and a Rover car happened in Essex two years ago.

The deer also survived in that case as well.

Kevin Jones, communications manager at MG Rover, said: "We work hard to protect the driver and spend time on pedestrian safety. We are delighted that we can help save deer as well."

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