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Oh Deer! Young Buck In Dire Predicament Has Happy Ending


It isn’t at all unusual to see deer roaming around the wooded area of Colts Neck, New Jersey. When you see one wandering around with what looks like a space helmet on its head, well… that’s bound to make you look twice.

Out Of This World

A homeowner first noticed that the deer was alone and separated from his herd, which was unusual in itself.

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When he slowly approached the young buck, he could see right away that he was in desperate need of help. He wasted no time calling the Monmouth County SPCA for assistance.

To The Rescue

The MSPCA sent out their Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control team to assess the situation. In a press release, the MSPCA reports that certain species of deer will treat members as outcasts if they look different or are injured so as not to invite predators or disrupt the integrity of the herd.

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The deer was humanely sedated so that what turned out to be a light fixture cover could be removed from his head. Officials said that the deer probably got stuck when it bent down to drink some collected rainwater from the light fixture on the ground.

Out Of The Woods

While the deer was sedated, he was treated for minor wounds that his rescuers said he’d likely gotten from poor visibility. The deer came around from the sedative and walked away, but the story doesn’t end there. Later in the day, the MSPCA received another call that the deer had laid back down and was breathing heavily.

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They rushed back to the scene and with the help of Deann Bowen, a veterinarian, they administered 600 ml of fluids to the exhausted deer. “We could tell he was completely dehydrated by the way he looked,” she said, “After we administered the fluids his head perked right up, and after a few minutes his breathing returned to normal.” Once the deer had received the fluids, he got up and walked away again, which quickly turned into a trot, then a dash, then he jumped over a fence and was gone. The homeowner reports that he has not seen a single deer feeding, so it is assumed that the deer has rejoined his herd.

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