A deer in Cincinnati is free Monday after having its nose trapped within a plastic Halloween pumpkin bucket for much of the weekend.
Neighbors tracked the deer over the weekend in an attempt to free it from the pumpkin, following it for hours in the woods, according to WCPO in Cincinnati.
Daryl Meyerrenke said the Anderson Township Family Pet Center where he worked got multiple calls about the deer and whether they should help free it from the pumpkin, WCPO reported.
Meyerrenke said he told the callers it could be dangerous to approach the deer, but that "despite the danger, these determined residents were able to converge on the deer after following it up and down hills for many hours," WCPO reported.
Finally, residents including Meyerrenke’s son, Aaron, surrounded the deer and Aaron Meyerrenke was able to use a catch pole to slip the pumpkin off the deer’s nose, WCPO reported.
Once freed, she ran off to drink water and graze, according to Fox News.
One man involved in the chase reported that his FitBit clocked 4 miles of walking during the search, WCPO reported. Members of Peppermint Pig Rescue and Second Chance Wildlife Rescue were also involved in the search, with Bonnie Morrison of Second Chance providing the equipment that eventually freed the deer.
Meyerrenke is now collecting donations for Second Chance Wildlife Rescue at the Family Pet Center using the pumpkin bucket that had been stuck on the deer’s nose, WCPO reported.
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