Herds of white-tailed deer are not an uncommon occurrence in residential areas of New Jersey. In fact, you see them roaming around the neighbourhood and grazing pretty frequently. But one day, a local man spotted a deer like none he had ever seen before.
A local in the Colts Neck area noticed a deer in his backyard that looked like a normal deer at first, the body and frame looked the same but something looked strange about his head.
The man wanted to take a closer look so as he slowly approached, he realised it was a young, scared buck who was in some serious trouble. Not only was the deer alone which was strange, but his head appeared to be stuck in a glass globe.
The young buck had got his head stuck in a glass sphere from a light fixture. Sadly, because of this, he had been ostracised by his family.
A press release from the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) stated, “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”.
Unfortunately, the deer hadn’t been able to eat or drink for days. The homeowner knew that time was not on this buck’s side. So he rushed back home and contacted the MCSPCA and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The rescuers arrived to help assist the startled deer and remove the glass sphere from his head.
“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,” — MCSPCA
Even though the fixture was removed from the deer’s head and he walked away, the buck’s struggles weren’t over just yet. That same weekend, the MCSPCA received another phone call from the concerned homeowner. He told them that the deer hadn’t left.
Sadly, after being freed, the deer didn’t have the strength to wander off to find his herd. He ended up lying on the ground as he struggled to breathe.
Thankfully, Deann Bowen, a veterinary technician quickly administered fluids to the weak deer. That seemed to be just the trick the buck needed to get a spring back in his step.
“The Monmouth County SPCA has been told that there is no longer a single deer feeding, so it is happily assumed that he has rejoined his herd.”