Emergency services in Cambridgeshire battled to rescue a distressed deer who had an electric rope caught around his antlers and throat.

The RSPCA received a call from a concerned member of the public who had spotted the large animal caught in the wire in a field in Abington on Wednesday October 17th.

Firefighters, vets and the RSPCA had to sedate the animal who was becoming increasingly distressed as the rescue operation progressed. It took more than four hours to cut the animal free from the electric wires.

“The buck was so powerful and was getting so distressed every time he tried to get free that the only option was to safely sedate him before we could attempt the rescue. My colleague CI Thomson successfully sedated the buck and then we worked as quickly as we could to cut him free him from all of the tangled electric wire.

Jane Folly, RSPCA animal welfare officer

The RSPCA would always advise members of the public not to put themselves at risk to help an animal and only try to rescue an animal in distress if they can do so safely.

If you spot an animal which is trapped, in distress, or in need of help, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.