Late lunch today and flicking channels on the TV I came across an animal rescue programme.
One section was a young Roebuck trapped in the grounds of a school. It was going by the greenery sometime in the late spring and the animal was in in velvet. The buck had spent some time trying to force its way through the perimeter fencing and had damaged the velvet on its antlers and abraded some of the coat from its shoulders.
Along come the RSPCA, and successfully trap the roebuck in a corner and throw a blanket over it. A quick inspection, 'nasty cuts to antlers, will get infected if released and also bruising to the shoulders' 'they do not do well at animal centres' and the decision was quickly made to euthanise it. Bit surprised myself as it looked just like loose velvet knocked off and a moulting animal that had dislodged a lot of it's old coat.