Could somebody go fetch us the butter? We have another deer stuck in the fence again, and it looks like he isn’t going anywhere. A deer in Alabama somehow managed to wedge itself between an iron fence, trapping its antlers.
Yesterday morning, Alabama wildlife officials, including game wardens, were dispatched to a Montgomery neighborhood after a neighbor spotted the awkwardly waiting deer.
They were accompanied by the Human Society and a Montgomery Fire and Rescue crew.
The animal was sitting like a dog with its antlers behind him, between the fence poles. Imagine going to a hairstylist and laying your head back to get your hair washed. That is how the deer sat.
Rescuers decided the only way to separate the firm iron bar was to bring in the heavy-duty equipment. The jaws of life, typically used to open cars in a wreck, bent the bar just far enough to free the lucky deer.
Alabama Department’s Post
On Facebook, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries account posted about the situation.
“Thanks to Montgomery Fire/Rescue Engine Company 9 and Montgomery County Humane Officer Davis for assisting our own Sergeant Wood and successfully freeing this deer from a quandary this morning. The jaws of life were used to efficiently free the young buck’s headgear from the metal fence, and he quickly left the scene before giving further details about the incident.”
𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎…𝚆𝙸𝙻𝙳𝙻𝙸𝙵𝙴 𝙸𝙽 𝙿𝚁𝙴𝙳𝙸𝙲𝙰𝙼𝙴𝙽𝚃𝚂! Thanks to Montgomery Fire/Rescue Engine Company 9 and Montgomery County Humane Officer…Posted by Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division on Thursday, January 7, 2021
Comments blamed the situation on mating season, which peaks in mid to late January. During this time, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says that “adult bucks become much more aggressive.”
This deer decided to pick a fight with the wrong fence, however.
The Alabama Department continued, saying, “During this time, bucks mark and defend breeding territories by creating numerous rubs and scrapes within their home range. Rubs are both visual and scent signposts made by rubbing the antlers and forehead gland against small trees and saplings.”
Regardless, the animal lives to see another day and another mating season. Next time, he should probably be a little more careful as well as grateful. He just as easily could have been a snack.
[H/T The News & Observer]