White-tail deer are a common sight in the residential areas of Colts Neck New Jersey. Herds of the beautiful animals with their long skinny legs and furry brown bodies can be found grazing freely. One man noticed a deer in his yard; something didn’t look quite right about this deer. He appeared to have something on his head. The man couldn’t distinguish what this object was. Was it a helmet or a fish bowl?
As the man approached the scared deer, he noticed it was a frightened young buck in a spot of trouble. He was alone, which was odd in itself because deer rarely are on their own. He had a glass dome on his head. He had gotten his head stuck in the globe of a light fixture. This caused him to be ostracized by his family.
“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) stated in a press release.
The scared buck wasn’t able to eat or drink for four days. He was likely dehydrated. The man knew the buck had little time. He hurried to his home and contacted the MCSPCA and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Rescuers arrived to remove the glass dome from the deer’s 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 wrote in a Facebook post.
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