FIREFIGHTERS fawn over a baby deer moments after rescuing the terrified creature from a stretch of Chester’s canal network.
A camera-toting colleague captured Woody Hurley and Gary Furmage’s softer side on Tuesday evening as they tried to warm the animal up.
They had received a call to attend the scene at Canal Street at around 6.15pm after passers-by spotted it floundering in the water. Station manager Barry Williams said: “When the crew arrived at the incident it was clear the deer was in distress and cold so two members of the team who are trained in swift water situations quickly responded to rescue the animal.
“They tried to warm the deer up as best they could with blankets before handing it over to a wildlife hospital and it is pleasing to see it was OK.” Staff at Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, which stranded animals in the county are usually taken to, were put on standby but RSPCA officers decided to return the fawn to the wild.
An RSPCA spokesman said the baby and its mother would most likely find each other quickly.
“The animal had a superficial injury but it was decided the best thing would be to release it back into the wild,” she said. “It should find its way back.
“It can be quite common for baby animals to need rescuing as they get into trouble while finding their bearings.”