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Last lost deer returns to rejoin herd at Snettisham Park

16:37 17 February 2014

Trevor Walters feeding one of the deer which have returned to Snettisham Park after escaping when a fence was blown down in the high winds on Thursday. Picture: Ian Burt

Trevor Walters feeding one of the deer which have returned to Snettisham Park after escaping when a fence was blown down in the high winds on Thursday. Picture: Ian Burt

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Snettisham Park managers Trevor and Colleen Walters said their last missing deer has returned home safely this morning.

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The pregnant hind appeared between 7am and 8am.

She was one of the 54 Scottish red deer that escaped after high winds brought down an oak tree which crushed a part of their enclosure.

Mrs Walters said: “We are so relieved, they are so precious to us. And as the deer is pregnant, we are so pleased to have her home.”

Some 54 Scottish Red deer - 52 pregnant hinds and two stags - named Harry and Rufus - escaped last Wednesday night after an oak tree was brought down by the gales which crushed part of their enclosure.

After the tree had flattened the fence keeping the herd secure, they escaped in the darkness.

Mr and Mrs Walters spent the night searching but had to give up as they were in fear of spooking the animals.

The next morning at first light, Mr Walters and some helpers rallied round to search for the deer.

Fortunately, the deer were found in a nearby field two miles away.

A team of three coaxed the deer home by one driving a Land Rover, one feeding them from the back of the truck and another walking behind the herd.

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