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Biologists Saved a Deer By Removing an Arrow that was Lodged in its Head

Update Date: Nov 11, 2013 10:57 AM EST
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Bow-hunting season has started in New Jersey as hunters gear up and get ready to shoot their arrows. Even though hunters plan on killing their targets, not every target ends up dying. For example, one particular deer got away after an arrow was shot cleanly through the flesh in its head. A woman spotted the deer and alerted officials. The officials believe that the deer has been living with the arrow for around one week. The deer has since been saved by biologists, who safely removed the arrow.

According to Susan Darrah, the young deer appeared in the backyard of her Rockaway Township Home multiple times. On November 1, Darah called officials from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife after the deer showed up once again to eat the corn that Darrah left out as bait. The deer was successfully sedated via tranquilizers this past weekend and brought to Darrah's 10-acre farm to be treated. With the help of biologists, the arrow was removed and the deer was treated with topical antibiotics and an additional shot of antibiotics. The deer, who was estimated to be five-months-old, has since been released back into the wild after the team found no other injuries.

"Everybody loves a happy ending," Darrah commented according to The Star-ledger. "I cannot say enough, give enough accolades to the guys at Fish and Wildlife. These guys were dedicated, determines and totally respective of me and my property...They were just terrific."

Ever since Darah posted pictures of the deer, the deer has gotten a lot of attention. Darrah has since nicknamed the deer Steve Martin, who is a comedian known for his arrow-through-the-head trick. Darrah, who is not against hunting, hopes that Steve Martin will survive the hunting season.

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