While some humans couldn't care less about the safety of the creatures in the wild, there are plenty of us that do! When this man saw that a deer was in danger, he immediately called in the professionals for help. But once they arrived, the rescuers discovered one of the strangest things that they had ever seen.
When the Monmouth County SPCA received a strange call from a concerned citizen of Colts Neck, New Jersey, they must have thought that it was a prank.
On the other end of the line, a man was explaining that he had spotted a white-tailed deer who had gotten himself into a bit of a pickle. Apparently, not only was this young deer separated from its herd, but it also got its little head stuck in what appeared to be a glass bowl. After hearing all of the details, the MCSPCA immediately went to check on the lonely deer.
In order to properly assess the situation, the Monmouth County SPCA sent its Humane Law enforcement and Animal Control officer to the scene.
Once they realized what was happening, the rescuers humanely sedated the small deer. As it turns out, the glass bowl was actually an old light fixture. The curious deer must have been checking it out when it got stuck to his head!
After a bit of work, the rescuers were able to remove the light fixture from the deer’s head.
Unfortunately, the young deer was still without a herd. “After he was safe to approach, the glass bowl was removed which turned out to be a light fixture cover which probably had been filled with water the deer tried to drink. The buck was dehydrated from 4 days without food and water and had a couple of scrapes probably from the poor visibility, but was able to get up and walk away after we cleaned him up and the sedative had worn off,” read the MCSPCA website.
Although it’s not uncommon to see deer, walking through your backyard, it is uncommon to find the young ones alone.
According to the MCSPCA website, even though most white-tailed deer travel in herds, “certain species will treat members as outcasts if they look different or are injured so to not invite predators or disrupt the integrity of the herd.” Could this have been what happened to this small deer? Was he shunned by his herd because of the light fixture on his head?
After they evaluated the deer, the MCSPCA teams noticed that the deer had sustained a few minor injuries.
The injuries probably happened because the deer was frantic from a glass bowl being stuck on his head, causing him to run around injuring himself. Eventually, the deer regained his strength, and after watching him for a little longer, the MCSPCA felt that it was okay to leave the deer alone again.