When This Man Saw A Deer With A Light On Its Head, He Sprang Into Action

Oh, Deer

Pete Thomas Outdoors

It's not unusual to see herds of white-tailed deer grazing in backyards and on the side of roads in New Jersey. There are no natural predators to deer in the area in high enough numbers to affect the white-tailed deer population. The only real predators they have are humans, motorists, and domestic dogs. But for one deer in the area, its life was almost lost to something that nobody could have predicted, and one of those natural "predators" actually saved its life.

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Bowled Over

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A homeowner in the Colts Neck area noticed a deer in his backyard that seemed to look like a normal deer – long, skinny legs, a furry, brown body. But this deer had one defining characteristic — something that looked like a space helmet or large clear bowl stuck on its head. The owner decided to carefully go out and get a better look, and that was when he realized that the young buck was in terrible trouble.

Deer in Danger

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It appeared it had its head stuck in a glass bowl, and given the fact that he was traveling alone, it was clear that he had been ostracized by the herd. “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,” the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) said in a press release. This was NOT a good situation.

What To Do?

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Clearly the buck couldn't eat or drink with this contraption stuck on its head, and getting fresh oxygen was also a problem. Given how hard it was for this young deer to perform these basic functions, it would only be a matter of time before it lost its life. The homeowner knew that he couldn't act alone, so he placed a rescue call to the MCSPCA for help, along with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Sedation Station

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The first step was to sedate the buck, and once that was done, the rescue team got to work. “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 MCSPCA wrote on Facebook. “The buck was dehydrated from four 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.”

Not Out Of The Water Yet

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Once the deer was freed, the story didn't end. After leaving the scene, the MCSPCA received another call from the homeowner saying that the young buck had laid back down and had labored breathing. It was determined later that the buck had not had access to food or water for almost five days! They knew it was time to call in for some more help again.

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