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Last Updated: Saturday October 14 2006 12:52 GMT

Deer getting in trouble in towns

Deer caught in fence

More and more deer are getting into trouble in towns and cities as the creatures leave the countryside.

Animal hospital Tiggywinkles has seen call-outs to injured deer rise by more than a quarter this year.

Deer have been trapped in gardens and even swimming pools, but the biggest danger to the animals is from cars.

Les Stocker, from the hospital, said: "We've had 301 deer casualties since the start of the year, of which 235 were in road accidents."

It's thought the deer simply aren't used to our cities, and so they can be very dangerous places for the shy creatures.

"It's amazing how they get into the most ridiculous places," said Mr Stocker.

"They are very scatty animals and don't really think. They do everything by instinct and just go where the food is."

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