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Disoriented deer taken to wildlife vet on Edinburgh tram

The animal stood next to the tram line for over three hours without moving.

Deer: Animal believed to have been suffering from shock.
Deer: Animal believed to have been suffering from shock. Scottish SPCA

A disoriented deer has been taken to the vets on an Edinburgh tram.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to a deer spotted standing next to a tram line for over three hours without moving on Friday.

Officers from the animal welfare charity came to her rescue after there was concerns about her safety.

Animal Rescue Officer Fiona Thorburn said: "I was very concerned when I arrived as the deer was standing but completely unaware of my presence and I thought it was likely she had suffered head trauma.

"Edinburgh Trams were great as they allowed us to use an out of service tram so that I could take her to the nearest wildlife vet to be checked out.

"After being seen by a vet the deer was sent over to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross to have a full check-up and thankfully she was only suffering from shock and has now made a full recovery.

"We're glad we were able to help her out as it must have been quite a stressful experience."

Gordon Ratcliffe, duty manager at Edinburgh Trams said: "We're used to dealing with unexpected situations in the operations control centre but this was perhaps one of the more unusual of situations.

"We were happy to assist the Scottish SPCA in getting the deer to a point of safety and are happy to hear she has been given a clean bill of health."

Saved: The deer was rescued using an empty tram.
Saved: The deer was rescued using an empty tram. Scottish SPCA

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