- Hertfordshire, England -
The RSPCA and police are investigating the death of a pregnant deer who was found in a tree with her legs tied together.
The poor mom-to-be was found on March 31, by a member of the public.
The person who made the gruesome discovery found the carcass of the deer hanging upside-down from a tree in Hilfield Lane near Patchetts Green, close to Elstree.
The person alerted the Hertfordshire Police who then contacted the RSPCA.
Inspector Natasha Wallis said: "The deer’s legs had been bound together with blue rope and the body has some injuries. When we x-rayed the body, we sadly discovered a fetus - almost at full-term - inside which makes this even more upsetting”.
The inspector added: "What we don’t know is whether this deer was killed in suspicious circumstances or whether it was an accidental death, such as a road traffic collision.
However, what is clear is that it’s extremely unusual behavior for the body to be hung up in a tree so I’m keen to find out what may have happened here.”
Anyone with any information as to how the deer died or how she ended up in the tree can contact the RSPCA appeal line at 0300 123 8018. Thank you!