Wicklow stag has lifebuoy tangled in antlers (03 May 2011)
Walkers in Glendalough in Co Wicklow have been startled by a stag with a bright red lifebuoy tangled in its antlers.

The stag was seen close to the Poulanass Waterfall on Sunday afternoon near a busy path at the Upper Lake.

The lifebuoy is over one of the stag's antlers and its line is firmly wrapped around his antlers, head and neck.

Wicklow Mountains National Park workers said the sighting was the latest in a series in recent weeks, with visitors concerned for the stag reporting the unusual situation.

They said the only way to remove the buoy would be to track the stag and tranquillise it or that it may fall off when it sheds its antlers.


The stag was seen close to the Poulanass Waterfall on Sunday afternoon near a busy path at the Upper Lake.

The lifebuoy is over one of the stag's antlers and its line is firmly wrapped around his antlers, head and neck.

Wicklow Mountains National Park workers said the sighting was the latest in a series in recent weeks, with visitors concerned for the stag reporting the unusual situation.

They said the only way to remove the buoy would be to track the stag and tranquillise it or that it may fall off when it sheds its antlers.




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