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‘Operation Bambi’: AR Animal Control Rescues Deer Trapped in Pond

By meerna Jul11,2024
‘Operation Bambi’: AR Animal Control Rescues Deer Trapped in Pond

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Animal control officers acted to save the life of a deer that got stuck in a West Memphis retention pond Wednesday morning and couldn’t find its way out.

Kerry Facello with West Memphis Animal Services says the call came in just before 9 a.m. It turns out the deer had been stuck in the area for at least three hours and couldn’t move to get up the embankment.


“Operation Bambi” that we are trying to save. We got a call from some very nice workers, where the old chemical plant was, there is a deer trapped in a retention pond,” Facello said.

Just like they do with dogs and cats, Facello and her team came to their rescue.

“The first instinct is just, ‘Hey, I’m going to get in the water, I’m going to get a boat, I’m going to get a rope and I’m going to get this animal to safety.’ But it’s not that simple,” she said.

The retention pond has a capacity of 10,000 gallons and due to the nature of the chemicals and equipment inside, it is intended to be protected from the public.

“We put down tarps and other textured materials to provide traction,” Facello said.

They also spread protective sheeting donated by a local painter on the corners of the house.

However, at this point the animal was stressed, swimming back and forth, and afraid to try to get out.

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“Wild animals, like most animals, but especially wild animals, the more human interaction or presence, the less they’re going to react. You can’t lure a deer,” Facello said.

So they left and let nature do the rest.

“He was probably left alone for a few hours, we confirmed the deer left the pond safely after we all left the pond and allowed him to de-stress,” she said.

That wasn’t caught on camera, but Arkansas Fish and Wildlife says after a long swim on a hot day, the deer climbed onto a tarp and moved as far away from the pond as possible.

“A happy ending to a long, long day. Yes! Yes, it’s a very happy ending to a long day,” Facello said.

By meerna

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