It’s not quite Halloween but the residents of Sydney have certainly had a shock this October as several wild deer have been roaming the city streets. News reports describe how a deer was captured on Thursday 15th October 2020 as it was running loose in the inner city district of Pyrmont, causing bewilderment to passing drivers. The deer is thought to have been roaming the city for more than a week following its evasion of capture with another deer on Tuesday 6th October 2020.
Although the type of deer is thought to be a common wild deer in Australia, there had been public calls for the animal to live at Taronga Zoo where it had been taken after capture. Assessment by both the RSPCA, who had been called to the scene, and the veterinarian working at the zoo both confirmed the animal to be underweight and have suffered serious physical injuries. This comes after news of the fate of the first deer captured last Tuesday, who was also euthanized in what have been described by the RSPCA as ‘humane’ conditions: “The deer was assessed by veterinary staff and found to be a feral animal, in poor health and with significant injuries, and was humanely euthanized,” he said. A similar statement was released by the Taronga Zoo on Thursday which detailed how “Health checks determined it was a wild female adult deer that had sustained multiple injuries and was underweight, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her”. The news comes as a disappointment for many animal rights activists across the country.
Prior to capture, the second deer that had been causing chaos in central Sydney, disrupting trains and commuters from just before 5.30 am when the first call was placed to the police. Trains were said to be around 15 minutes delayed as the deer was reported to be roaming up and down local train tracks.