Oh deer! Binmen leap to the rescue of animal stuck upside-down behind bottle bank in Exeter

A pair of  Exeter binmen had no i-deer they would be involved in an animal rescue when they turned up for work yesterday.

Two refuse workers leapt at the chance of helping the young deer after it got stuck upside-down behind a bottle bank in Cowick Lane.

The public-spirited duo were alerted to the animal’s plight by a member of the public getting rid of her empties.

Seeming non-the-worse from the experience, the deer was able to run off, after being lifted out of the tight space by the city council workers.

David Bartram, director responsible for waste operations, praised his staff and said: “They were quick to help out and that sums up the attitudes of our refuse and recycling workers who continue to carry out their duties during these difficult times.”

The passer-by who spotted the deer in difficulty also praised the workers.

She said in an email to the council: “I want to say a big thank you to the two refuse collectors who were amazing this morning and rescued a deer that was stuck upside down behind a bottle bank.

“I went and asked them for help as I didn’t know how to get it out and they jumped to the rescue.”

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