Gui­tar hero ap­palled by at­tacks on trapped deer

Trau­ma­tised doe taken to Brian May’s wildlife res­cue home

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

QUEEN gui­tarist Brian May is ‘ap­palled’ af­ter this trau­ma­tised deer trapped in a park in Uxbridge was at­tacked by dogs and teased by chil­dren.

The young deer had been seek­ing shel­ter in Fass­nidge Park for nearly a week where it was sub­jected to its or­deal.

It has now been res­cued and is in the care of an an­i­mal shel­ter in Windle­sham, which has close af­fil­i­a­tions to the leg­endary gui­tarist.

Staff there say she is mak­ing good progress but warned the doe, named Daisy, has a long way to go be­fore fully re­cov­er­ing.

A staff mem­ber at Harper Asprey Wildlife Res­cue (HAWR) said: “As a char­ity we are shocked by the state of this poor an­i­mal. Peo­ple should re­spect wildlife and be ashamed of their be­hav­iour.

“Brian has seen Daisy and is ap­palled at the state of her and sad­dened that peo­ple would chase her with dogs or that chil­dren would tease her.”

The roe deer was first spot­ted run­ning down and dodg­ing traf­fic in Uxbridge Road on April 25, be­fore es­cap­ing into the small park. But she be­came trapped in­side and was seen by con­cerned dog walk­ers and park users throw­ing her­self against fences in a bid to get out.

Among those peo­ple was Deb­bie Bull, who reg­u­larly walks her dog there.

She said: “Dogs have been chas­ing her and at­tack­ing her and kids have been chas­ing af­ter her as well.

“On Satur­day she was throw­ing her­self against a fence try­ing to es­cape. There were 20 or 30 of us call­ing the po­lice and the RSPCA and wildlife places ask­ing for help.”

But she says there was lit­tle as­sis­tance forth­com­ing, and that the RSPCA said it could not as­sist as it could not dart the an­i­mal in a public place.

The deer’s only two ways out of the park were through the gate and into the road or the River Frays.

Deb­bie said: “It got to the stage where we were think­ing the sooner it ran out in the road and got hit by a car the bet­ter.

“It had been ha­rassed and no­body wanted to help it.

“It looked like her only op­tions were a very slow and painful death or to be hit by a car.”

How­ever, the deer’s luck changed on May 1, when RSPCA of­fi­cers came down to in­ves­ti­gate. Deb­bie hap­pened to be walk­ing her dog and spoke to them, but they in­sisted there was noth­ing they could do to help.

But two lurchers then chased the deer into a fenced-off area where work­ers had dug a hole, mean­ing the char­ity staff were now in a po­si­tion to res­cue the an­i­mal, with the help of nearby helpers.

She was taken to HAWR where it has been cared for since.

The staff mem­ber con­tin­ued: “She has th­ese in­juries from bites and from run­ning into fences when be­ing chased. Deer are in­her­ently jit­tery af­ter years of hunt­ing them and once faced with dan­ger will run for their life.

“In an en­closed space

Brian has seen Daisy and is ap­palled at the state of her and sad­dened that peo­ple would chase her with dogs”

she would have been driven into fences by chas­ing dogs and bit­ten and her wounds are in keep­ing with th­ese in­juries.”

Deb­bie now wants the com­mu­nity to know the deer is in car­ing hands: “So many peo­ple were in­volved, so many peo­ple called to get her help, and they won’t know she’s OK. I wouldn’t know un­less I hap­pened to be there at the time.”

HAWR is based on the es­tate owned by Brian May, who sup­ports the char­ity and set up the Save Me Trust to give wild an­i­mals a voice.

n WOUNDED: In­jured roe deer Daisy was chased by dogs and chil­dren be­fore be­ing taken to a res­cue cen­tre based on the es­tate of Queen gui­tarist Brian May. She is re­cov­er­ing from her hor­rific in­juries n RES­CUE: The deer was placed in the back of the RSPCA’s van and taken from Fass­nidge Park in Uxbridge to a wildlife res­cue cen­tre in Sur­rey

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