Hopefully the other deer won’t laugh and call him names.
A Northern California buck’s antlers became entangled in Christmas lights last week — and now the animal will have to wait until he sheds his horns to be free of the festive additions, animal rescuers say.
“Catching deer is extremely difficult and catching a buck is even trickier,” Marin Humane wrote in a Facebook post warning residents about low-hanging holiday decorations.
“Our officers would have to use a control pole to get a handle on him, which leaves them open to the risk of being charged and injured … Our officers will continue to monitor the situation but with winter approaching, we’re hopeful he’ll naturally shed his antlers soon, lights and all.”
A concerned Facebook user replied by recommending the animal rescuers tranquilize the buck to remove the bulbs — but the organization dismissed the idea.
“It’s much too dangerous to use a tranquilizer on this deer,” Marin Humane responded. “He’s in a populated area and could easily jump out into traffic before it takes effect, putting both him and the public in danger.”
Mating season for deer is coming to an end, and bucks will soon shed their antlers, added Lisa Bloch, director of communications for the organization.
“The good news is that he’s going to be okay,” she said. “He’s totally mobile and able to graze. He’s just looking rather festive.”
Marin Humane would have further intervened if the lights were impeding the approximately 5-year-old buck’s ability to move or eat, Bloch added.
“Often it’s a lot better to leave the wildlife alone,” she said. “You can cause a lot more harm to the deer or the public if you intervene.”
But it is still possible that the lights could get stuck in other things, worsening the animal’s situation. Marin Humane said it will continue to monitor the buck and is asking local residents be on the lookout for updates on his condition.
“This serves as a good reminder that when hanging holiday decorations, make sure they’re secure and high enough where they’re less likely to be an issue for wildlife — as opposed to being draped over bushes, as these lights may have been,” the organization’s Facebook post read.
Marin Humane has seen an animal trapped in outdoor decorations before — birds and owls have been found stuck in fake cobwebs around Halloween.
“We haven’t seen holiday lights before, but deer definitely get stuck in lots of things,” Bloch said. “We’ve had them stuck in hammocks, people who have clothes out to dry, anything that’s loose and able to get tangled in.”