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Stag tranquillised after getting antlers tangled in Italian town’s Christmas tree lights 

I think you left the lights on deer! Huge stag has to be shot with a tranquilliser dart after it gets its antlers tangled in Italian town’s Christmas tree lights

  • Stag wandered into town of Villetta Barrea in the National Park of Abruzzo, Italy
  • While inspecting a fir tree the deer got its head entangled in a string of lights
  • Park guard and a vet quickly arrived to tranquillise the animal before freeing it 

Three brave men had to rescue a male deer after it got its antlers stuck in a string of Christmas tree lights.

Footage shows the confused stag being tranquillised before the group dare to get close enough to free it from its trappings.

The video was captured in the town of Villetta Barrea, in the National Park of Abruzzo, Italy.

A confused stag had to be tranquillised after getting its antlers caught in Christmas tree lights in the town of Villetta Barrea in the National Park of Abruzzo, Italy

In the clip, taken by local Maria Spina, the adult deer is seen shaking his head as he tries to free himself from the string lights that got tangled around his antlers.

The string lights were the decorations on a Christmas tree in a square in the town centre.

Thankfully for the animal, a group of men, including vet Leonardo and park guard Massimo, were able to sedate him and free him from the strings.

Maria said: ‘A male deer got itself trapped in the fir tree in Villetta Barrea’s square right in the middle of the city. 

Thankfully for the animal, a group of men, including vet Leonardo and park guard Massimo, were able to sedate him and free him from the strings

Thankfully for the animal, a group of men, including vet Leonardo and park guard Massimo, were able to sedate him and free him from the strings

‘The park guards immediately arrived and with the help of the doctor, Leonardo the park vet managed to put him to sleep.

‘They were then able to free him, and made sure he was awake and well so that wolves couldn’t easily chase him down.

‘We watched over him as he walked off into the woods.’

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