Wildlife-rescue volunteers freed a trapped deer in Northumberland last night, after both its hind legs were caught in a discarded plastic wheel trim.
Eagle-eyed photographers managed to spot the roe deer, which was trapped in a remote corner of Morpeth, and called for help.
In near-darkness, Blyth Wildlife Rescue crew managed to find the stricken animal and, with help from volunteers from Alnwick-based SHAK - a sanctuary for abused, mistreated and neglected dogs, they managed to cut away the wheel trim from around the deer's feet and release the animal.
A statement on the Blyth Wildlife Rescue Facebook page said: 'It was a great outcome for what would've almost certainly ended in a very long and painful demise for the deer had it not been spotted and rescued so promptly.'
Blyth Wildlife Rescue, also known as Northumbria Wildlife Rescue, is a dedicated wildlife rescue service working right across Newcastle and Northumberland, dealing with more than 1,000 queries every year with the help of more than 20 volunteers.