'The deer was freed and ran off into the woods unharmed!' the New Philadelphia Police Department shared on Facebook
Ohio police stepped in to help a deer in a twisted situation.
On Wednesday, Ohio's New Philadelphia Police Department shared a video to their Facebook page of Police Chief Tessa Pohovey, patrolman Dakota Garbrandt-Hill, and K9 handler Brad Geist working together to help a deer free its antlers from a hammock made of thick ropes.
When the authorities arrived, they found the wild animal deeply entangled in the outdoor hammock. Police officers told Fox 8 that the more the deer tried to thrash around and free itself, the more tired and tangled up it got.
Once the deer tired out from trying to escape, the officers grabbed hold of its antlers to "control" it and then used a knife to "saw through the ropes of the hammock which was attached between two trees," said Pohovey.
Per the caption on the Facebook post, "The deer was freed and ran off into the woods unharmed!" after some successful teamwork.
"I love when we have a good outcome. We have a lot of deer in Tuscarawas County, and when we saw the deer trotted off freely, it was a good feeling to save the deer's life," Pohovey told Fox 8.
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Unfortunately, this is not the first time a deer has found themselves tangled up.
In November 2023, residents in Pennsylvania called the Bethel Park Police Department so often about a deer that appeared to have a net stuck in its antlers that the police released a statement about the animal.
They told residents that they were aware of the issue involving the animal. They recommended that anyone encountering a deer that appeared in distress should contact their local game commission.
CBS News spoke with Bethel Park hunter Bill Magnotti, who said that the deer in question appeared to be "very mobile" and would be "fine."
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