Colts Neck, New Jersey (April 2nd 2018) – The Monmouth County SPCA was happy to have participated in a rescue that spanned over Easter weekend involving a young buck with a light fixture stuck on his head. The deer was first noticed by a homeowner in Colts Neck due to him being ostracized from the herd and trying to eat and drink at night alone. The MCSPCA reports that 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 received the call on Thursday and sent out their Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control teams to assess the situation. In accordance with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, the deer was humanely sedated so that the fixture could be removed. While sedated, the deer was tagged and treated for minor wounds that he most likely obtained due to poor visibility. The rescue team waited for the deer to regain strength to leave the site however the efforts did not stop there.
After leaving the scene, the MCSPCA received another call from the homeowner saying that the young buck had laid back down and had labored breathing; it was determined later that the buck had not had access to food or water for almost 5 days. With help from one of the shelter’s veteran veterinary technicians, Deann Bowen, the deer was given 600mls of fluids. “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.” The team then stepped back and waited as the deer slowly stood up and began to walk, which eventually turned into a trot and then a full-speed dash and leap over a fence into a wooded area.
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. The Monmouth County SPCA encourages donations to their organization to allow them to be of assistance to all animals in their community. To make a donation, please visit their website at www.monmouthcountyspca.org or visit their donation page at https://bit.ly/2GsPmQF. You can also make a contribution over the phone by calling 732-440-1556.