Deer freed from railings in middle of Norfolk housing estate

Once a rare sight, muntjac deer have become increasingly common in urban areas. Picture: Susan Oldfi

Once a rare sight, muntjac deer have become increasingly common in urban areas. Picture: Susan Oldfield - Credit: Susan Oldfield

A deer that became stuck in railings in the middle of a South Norfolk housing estate prompted firefighters to be called in to release it.

The RSPCA were alerted after a wild muntjac deer was reported to have become entrapped on Hawthorn Close in Diss at 8.45am today.

A fire crew from Harleston were called in to help free the animal by using hydraulic rescue equipment to prise open the metal railings.

Hawthorn Close is part of a housing development but muntjac, a non-native species that originate from China, have become increasingly common sights in urban areas. Their numbers have increased rapidly and they can be spotted in shrubby areas.