Man spots deer in his backyard wearing a strange helmet and realizes he desperately needs help
A New Jersey resident observed an odd sight in his backyard in Colts Neck. When reality struck, he gathered a few friends to help make a successful rescue.
The man noticed a young buck all by itself wearing a light fixture on its head. Because of the new alien look, its family had ostracized it. The deer was left alone to feed by itself.
Thankfully, this meant it was easier to approach. The man got in contact with the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) and they wasted no time. The animal had been unable to feed properly for around four days.
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The MCSPCA reported the story on their website. They also released a press release about the incident saying:
"Certain species will treat members as outcasts if they look different or are injured so to not invited predators or disrupt the integrity of the herd."
The MCSPCA sent out their Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control team to handle things. They referred to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to direct their actions.
The team sedated the creature in order to get the glass globe off of its head. They also treated minor wounds likely sustained as a result of poor visibility.
The MCSPCA said in a Facebook post:
"The glass bowl was removed, which turned out to be a light fixture cover, which probably had been filled with water the deer tried to drink."
The rescue team then left the deer for the sedative to wear off. But unfortunately, things were worse than they thought.
They received another call from the homeowner. He became worried after he noticed the deer in the same spot. It appeared to have trouble breathing.
A veterinary technician named Deann Bowen stepped in. They transferred fluids into the weak creature which seemed to work.
"After we administered the fluids his head perked right up, and after a few minutes his breathing returned to normal," Bowen said.
With that, the deer wobbled to a stance. It made some tentative steps before starting to trot. Then it bolted over a fence and into some woods.
The press release finishing with a happy ending:
“The Monmouth County SPCA has been told that there is no longer a single deer feeding so it is happily assumed that he has rejoined his herd.”
Another inspiring story of a deer rescue came from Long Branch, New Jersey in July 2018. A baby deer had gotten trapped in an Ocean Avenue Property.
The fawn was stuck in a four-foot deep window well. Luckily, Police Captain Lance Fanning and animal control Officer Deb Nagel stepped up to take care of the situation.
And in another heartwarming story, a couple was tasked with removing a grown deer's head from a pipe in December 2017.
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The couple came across the deer struggling to remove itself from the contraption. It was later found to be an animal feeder with a faulty design.
The man spent several minutes trying to pull the deer's head out. He finally succeeded in doing so. The deer appeared a bit dizzy as it galloped off and kept falling.
We're happy all these deers were able to get through these life-threatening situations with a bit of help from our human counterparts.