Oh deer - sports day off
A SCHOOL Sports day had to be cancelled when a deer made its home on a playing field.
The animal appeared on the playing fields at Hurdsfield Community Primary School almost two weeks ago. But no matter how much coaxing, waving and enticing by staff and the RSPCA, the deer could not be persuaded to leave the field.
The deer has taken up residence in the trees and shrubs at the end of the field and keeps out of sight for most of the day, but its presence means the children haven’t been able to use the field since it appeared on June 21, meaning the end of year sports day planned for June 23 had to be cancelled.
Celia Pickard, headteacher at the Hully Road school, said: “The sports day had to be cancelled, not because of the weather, but due to a deer running loose on the field. Although the children were disappointed they were highly excited to think there was a deer on the grounds. They stood by the gate to the field hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrity animal.”
It is unknown how the deer got into the field or where it came from, but it would have had to cross at least two roads to end up at the field.
Mrs Pickard added: “There are only two more weeks left before the holiday and Sports Day hasn’t happened yet. Let’s hope the deer is successfully removed soon so we can have Sports Day and it will be business as usual.”
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said the deer would have to be tranquillised in order to be safely removed from the field, which requires a license from Natural England. She said: “An inspector visited the site but it was decided that a tranquilliser was needed to safely collect the deer.
“In order to obtain the tranquilliser a licence is needed from Natural England. This was applied for as soon as possible and Natural England has advised the inspector will have the licence by the end of the week.”