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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 September 2007, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Deer freed by wildlife rescuers
Deer caught in fencing
A walker saw the deer trapped in fencing and called the police
A deer that became caught in electric fencing has been released by wildlife rescuers in Sussex.

Police called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service after a walker saw the deer near Robertsbridge, spokesman Trevor Weeks said.

He said the deer, which was caught by its antlers, was becoming more tangled in the fence the more it struggled. The electric fence was not live.

Wildlife teams in two veterinary ambulances freed the deer on Thursday.

Mr Weeks said rescuers put a net around the deer and cut the fencing free from its antlers.

There is no doubt this deer would have died
Trevor Weeks

"You have to be very careful when dealing with deer, they are strong animals," he said.

"People often make the mistake of cutting rope or wire away from the deer's head without catching the animal.

"This leaves the animal to run off with trailing wire or rope which can then become caught again.

"We always catch the animal and ensure that all the wire or rope is completely removed to avoid any further incidents," he said.

He added: "There is no doubt this deer would have died if it was not for the members of the public phoning Sussex Police."


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