Road worker rescues stricken baby deer in Chapel

Picture by Jason Smith.
Picture by Jason Smith.

A highways worker went beyond the call of duty when he rescued a baby deer which had been knocked down.

Jason Smith was carrying out maintenance work on the Chapel bypass last week when he saw the little roe deer at the side of the road.

He put the animal in the back of his Derbyshire County Council van, took it to nearby meadows and released it to safety.

Jason, 44, of Whaley Bridge, said: “It was a cute little thing.

“It was shivering and I didn’t think twice about helping it.

“It turned around and looked at me then ran off into the fields so it mustn’t have been badly injured.”

Jason said he had seen an increase in the number of deer on the road and urged motorists to be vigilant.