VIDEO: Deer released back into wild after becoming trapped on old industrial site

PUBLISHED: 11:18 18 September 2019

Roe deer is released back into the wild after becoming trapped on Honiton industrial site about to be demolished. Picture: RSPCA

Roe deer is released back into the wild after becoming trapped on Honiton industrial site about to be demolished. Picture: RSPCA

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A roe deer who was found trapped inside an old industrial compound has been released back into the wild.

Roe deer is released back into the wild after becoming trapped on Honiton industrial site about to be demolished. Picture: RSPCARoe deer is released back into the wild after becoming trapped on Honiton industrial site about to be demolished. Picture: RSPCA

The animal was discovered in a compound, surrounded by high fencing, in Ottery Moor Lane.

RSPCA animal collection officer Clara Scully, who was one of the team who helped to rescue the deer, said: "On my first visit I thought there was an area he could get out from so I advised putting food in one area that might have led to his exit. I didn't hear for a few weeks so thought he had gone.

"We then had a call again from the building site manager saying the deer was still there and had no way out. They were looking to demolish the two remaining buildings within the next month or so and were worried for his welfare.

"We went again and tried to safely confine the deer but the area was too large and the deer was getting stressed so the only option was obtaining a licence to humanely tranquillise him before releasing.

Roe deer is released back into the wild after becoming trapped on Honiton industrial site about to be demolished. Picture: RSPCARoe deer is released back into the wild after becoming trapped on Honiton industrial site about to be demolished. Picture: RSPCA

"I'd arranged with the farmer for him to be released in nearby farmland and it was lovely to see him regain consciousness before moving off freely across the fields where he belongs."

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