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Stuck deer is rescued from metal railings in Inverness

Deer stuck in fence Image copyright SSPCA
Image caption It took about 20 minutes to release the animal from the railings

A roe deer has been rescued after it got stuck between the metal railings of a fence in Inverness.

A member of the public spotted the animal in distress at Cradlehall Meadows on Wednesday.

The Scottish SPCA said its officers were able to free the adult deer from the fence without causing it any injury.

During the rescue operation a towel was put over the animal's head in an effort to calm it down.

Animal rescue officer Clare Anderson said: "A lady had spotted the deer running out of a field and straight into the fence.

"It's possible he may have taken fright as he ran into the gate with force and became stuck."

The Scottish SPCA officer added: "It took us around 20 minutes to get him out as we had to lift his body at an angle and move one hip through at a time.

"After checking he wasn't hurt, we released him into a wooded area where there are other deer.

"We're glad we were able to help him out as it must have been quite an uncomfortable experience."

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