Whilst out walking in the vicinity of Whitehill Farm, Wonastow on Boxing Day, we came upon a very young buck Roe deer trapped by wire, running along a wooden fence. It was hidden in the hedge and almost suspended by its leg.
We were most fortunate to find a house close by where the delightfully kind people abandoned their relaxing Boxing Day to help.
Dan and Mark came back to the deer with wire cutters and helped carry the deer back to their house where we awaited the arrival of the RSPCA officer. I spent almost three hours stroking and reassuring the poor creature, feeling very sad, but also very privileged to be in the presence of such a beautiful animal, whilst Katie and Sarah made coffee and dispensed mince pies to help keep us warm outside.
I would like to thank Dan, Mark, Katie and Sarah for being so welcoming and helpful and the RSPCA officer who so professionally and kindly explained what he perceived the deer’s injuries to be. Unfortunately, the deer could not stand and there was no choice except to put the beautiful creature down. Again, the officer carried out his duties with an explanation, gentleness and sympathy for us all.