A Man Rescued A Deer Stuck On A Tennis Court On Stoney Lake

Cottager Randal Myers was out walking his dog on Sunday (January 15th) on a Stoney Lake cottage road near Peterborough when he witnessed something you don't see every day: a deer trapped on a tennis court.

"I heard the deer crashing into the fencing of the tennis court at my neighbour's cottage two doors over," Myers tells PTBOCanada. "I put the dog in the house and went over to see if I could help the deer escape. It was running and jumping at the fence. Blood was coming from its mouth where it had been hitting the fence."

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

The deer had jumped the short portion of the fence to get in but then could not find its way out, and Myers had to act quick.

"I took a shovel and dug out snow around the gate to get it open," Myers tells PTBOCanada. "Then I walked around the outside of the fence where the deer was jumping at the fence hoping to get it to move towards the open gate. The deer was winded and tired just walking up to me. I was afraid it might get its leg caught in the fence."

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

Myers didn't want to cause the deer more stress so he decided to leave and let the deer calm down, get its bearings, and hopefully find the open gate.

"When I returned an hour later, the deer had escaped," Myers tells PTBOCanada. "I just felt lucky that the deer wasn't severely injured and it was a happy ending."

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

Myers' quick thinking helped save the deer from possibly bleeding to death or getting stuck in the fencing and injuring itself further. It was lucky he was up for a winter weekend in the Kawarthas to be able to act and help the deer eventually escape.

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

Photo by Randal Myers, Facebook

This incident is also a reminder to leave your gates open on fenced enclosures in the winter when you're not there.

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