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Firefighters free trapped wild deer

Firefighters help free two deer trapped after getting tangled in rope in Essex. Credit: RSPCA

Two wild deer which became trapped after getting tangled up in rope in woods in Saffron Walden have been freed by the fire service and the RSPCA.

A passer by spotted the two bucks in difficulty and called the animal charity. Their antlers had become caught in rope which then got stuck around a tree in woods in Sewards End. The deer were becoming very distressed, but eventually they were freed.

The RSPCA says it is important not to leave rubbish around as it can be a danger to many animals.

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Cat was shot and killed by air rifle in Essex

Wilma the tabby cat was shot and killed by an air rifle. Credit: RSPCA.

An animal charity is appealing for information after a cat was shot and killed with an air rifle in Essex.

Wilma, a 10-year-old tabby, was discovered at the Ongar allotments on Friday May 1 at about 9.20am having last been seen by her owner earlier that morning.

A bang, which may have been the weapon, was heard around 8.50am.

"Poor Wilma was shot with a high-velocity air rifle which just missed the heart. It seems likely someone was aiming straight for her.

"Unfortunately this kind of thing is more common than we would like - cats, like wildlife, are more vulnerable to such attacks simply because they are out there in the open, unprotected."

– Adam Jones, RSPCA inspector.
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