VIDEO: Dramatic deer rescue at Ashdown Forest

A dangerous and dramatic rescue of a deer took place in a field at Duddleswell.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 7:02 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:27 am
Another deer freed by WRAS earlier this year

Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to the field in Ashdown Forest, after the land owner spotted the fallow buck with its antlers caught in an electric rope fence.

Two veterinary ambulances attended on site along with rescuers Trevor Weeks MBE and Kathy Martyn from Uckfield, Kai Ahmed from Hellingly, Daryl Farmer from Forest Row.

The dramatic video captured by WRAS shows the deer thrashing about in the rope fence before rescuers move in to free it.

A ‘walk-to-wards’ net was used by Trevor and Kathy to catch and secure the deer, allowing Trevor to climb onto its back, pinning it to the floor.

Kai is then shown taking over, controlling its head and allowing Kathy and Daryl to cut away the electric rope.

Mr Weeks said: “Rescues like this have to be undertaken quickly to avoid the animal becoming too stressed and having a heart attack.

“Rescuers took just ten minutes from capture to release the deer in the field.

“These rescue are very dangerous, an antler hitting you in the face or a leg kicking you in the chest could cause you serious injuries or potentially be life threatening.”

He added: “The caller did exactly the right thing when she found the deer and backed off slowly and kept out of view allowing the deer to settle and relax. “Anyone finding such a casualty should not attempt to cut them free and should leave the caught till rescuers arrive.

“WRAS has been called to several deer this year which have become entangled for a second time after well-meaning helpers have cut the netting or rope from the fence post leaving the deer to run off with rope still attached to their antlers and trailing rope behind them.

“These deer go on to get caught on barbed wire fences or entangled in other deer’s antler during rutting.”

WRAS is a volunteer organisation and replies on donation to fund this life-saving work.

Anyone wanting to make a donation towards their work can do so at

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