A man called for a help in forest
White-tailed deer herds grazing in front of people’s backyards are a common sight in New Jersey. especially once spring arrived and the weather warmed up.
But last week, a Colts Neck resident witnessed something very unexpected and much stranger from his garden. The man initially thought he saw an alien-like figure going through the trees with 4 legs and a helmeted head wearing a spacesuit as it was starting to grow dark.
However, upon closer inspection, the man discovered that the distressed animal was in fact a young deer. The creature was unable to remove a circular glass vase or jar that was affixed to his head.
The man noticed that the deer was alone and that the others in the herd were ignoring him, much as they would an animal that was ill, wounded, or too old. Predators were drawn to these people, which attracted them to the herd. Thus, the deer needed to be saved immediately.
The man got in touch with the New Jersey Division of Wildlife as well as the local chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Rescuers came swiftly, and after successfully darting the deer, they went on to examine it.
The glass container seemed to be a component of a light fixture, and it had presumably once held some water within. Most likely, the deer came across it someplace on the ground, attempted to drink from it, but failed. By the time he started to experience dehydration and hunger, he had been going this way for at least 4 days. Although he had a few bumps, overall, he was still robust. He was able to get up and go once the sleeping medicines’ effects had worn off.
Rescuers got another call later that day, this time from another man. He described seeing a lone deer who appeared frail and in need of assistance. The deer was the same.
He was located, inspected once more, and given an injection of a dehydration treatment by rescuers. The deer’s condition returned to normal and his breathing became regular after that. The deer came to life right before the rescuers’ eyes, then vanished into the forest.
Since then, there have been no reports of a lone, frail reindeer, therefore it is thought that they have safely rejoined their herd.