‘Oh deer oh deer’ - Fire crews called to muntjacs stuck in railings

The animals were unharmed at let back into the wild. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The animals were unharmed at let back into the wild. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

'Oh deer oh deer' - That is what firefighters in Norfolk were saying this morning after being called to multiple incidents of deers stuck in railings.

A muntjac deer was freed from railings in Diss and in Thetford. Picture: James Bass

A muntjac deer was freed from railings in Diss and in Thetford. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

At 7.30am, a crew from Diss were called to a muntjac that had got stuck in railings at Hawthorne Close, near to Diss Train Station. The crew were able to free the deer without any need for equipment before it was returned to the wild at 8.18pm.

Just half an hour after the first call to a muntjac stuck in railings, a crew from Thetford were called to another muntjac stuck in Haling Way, Thetford.

The crew had to use a hydraulic arm to free the animal which was returned to the wild at 8.44am.

In both cases, the animals were released unharmed and no animal recuse services attended.


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Muntjac first arrived in England from China in the early 1900s and with breeding and releasing, soon became widespread across the country.

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