Wildlife officials said the “world’s most famous deer”, which roamed the hills of the US state of Colorado with a tire around its neck, was finally saved.
She discovered the suffering of female deer in July 2019, while conducting a survey to find out the number of animals in the area.
Staff at Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the four-and-a-half-year-old female animal “must have been calmed and her horns removed” before she was released.
This is the fourth attempt by zoo staff in a week to rid the female deer of her suffering.
The zoo published several composite images in the form of a video, to explain the steps of liberating the helpless female deer.
“The tire was too tight to remove,” park official Scott Murdoch said, adding that the deer’s neck was slightly cut and some hair was lost.
“We would have preferred to cut the tire and leave the horns,” Murdoch said in a statement, Monday, but he made it clear that “the staff were unable to cut the steel in the rim of the tire.”
The tire, he said, “was filled with pine needles and dirt, and it could have been overburdened,” which would have compounded the female deer’s difficulties.
Murdoch confirmed that the deer “was in surprisingly good shape. I was really shocked to see how good she looked.”