Published: 16:56, 13 September 2021
| Updated: 18:34, 13 September 2021
A panicked deer who ran into a fence and got stuck three times in Tunbridge Wells had to be rescued by the RSPCA.
The charity's Inspector Grace Harris-Bridge went to a home in Vauxhall Lane on Thursday after a resident spotted the deer’s plight.
Watch the moment she ran free
Ms Harris-Bridge said: “The little deer was stuck between the metal railings of a perimeter fence but, thankfully, she was only little so I managed to carefully push her backwards through the gap.
“She was exhausted and unable to stand so I left her to rest for a few minutes.
"I covered her head with a blanket - which is a popular technique for calming deer down - but then, before I knew it, she leapt up and dashed off straight into another section of the fence, only to get stuck again.
“I rushed over to her and managed to squeeze her free again but she was even more distressed this time so she broke free from my grasp and darted off to another corner of the garden only to get stuck again.
I couldn’t believe it."
By this point the deer was visibly panicked so Ms Harris-Bridge enlisted the help of a neighbour to keep the animal's head and neck still while she worked to free her a third time.
With two pairs of hands they were able to keep hold of her to check her for any injuries.
Thankfully she was okay so with her head still covered, Ms Harris-Bridge carried the deer out of the garden and into a neighbouring field.
“I didn’t want to risk her getting tangled in any other fencing or getting hurt so I scooped her up and carried her to a lovely field nearby,” she added.
“Although she was only a little thing she weighed a tonne so I was exhausted when we got her to the long grass and set her down!
“It was really lovely to see her get onto her feet and prance off into the undergrowth there. Third time lucky!”