A distressed deer was seen with its antlers stuck in a lifebuoy ring which was caught on a barbed-wire fence.

The animal became tangled with the fence by the River Thames in Marlow and struggled to set itself free.

The deer was able to break free from the wired fencing but was still attached to the lifebuoy ring as it ran off.

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The RSPCA has issued advice on what to do if you come across a wild animal trapped and unable to free itself.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “The video is upsetting to see - but the incident has not been reported to our national call line - if anyone does encounter a wild animal that is trapped do not try and free it yourself.

"Wild animals can scratch, kick and bite when frightened, particularly if they are injured. You could risk hurting yourself and the animal.

"Also, many animals that become trapped or tangled can be more seriously injured than you think, so it is best that they are examined properly to see if they need treatment.

"Keep a safe distance and call the RSPCA cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.”