Deer freed from Halloween bucket stuck on head

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A deer in Putnam Valley now safe this morning after it had a bucket stuck on its head for days. A deer in Putnam Valley now safe this morning after it had a bucket stuck on its head for days.

A deer in Putnam Valley is now safe after it had a bucket stuck on its head for days.

Community members worked with the SPCA to remove a plastic Halloween pumpkin from the animal’s face.

Viewer video shows what the deer had to deal with for a few days before it was pulled off, unable to eat or drink.

Neighbors say they tried for three days to get close enough to the deer to remove it, but all attempts failed.

"I knew it wasn't on by much, just thick fur,” says Dan Hausler. “I was hoping I could knock it off, but she was a little too timid and too scared."

Neighbors say that the entire family of deer comes through the neighborhood every night like clockwork, and that is how they were able to plan to save the deer.

Neighbors teamed up with DEC officers and wildlife rescuer Annemarie Lucas.

Lucas is a retired ASPCA officer featured for eight years on Animal Planet’s "Animal Precinct." She knew the only way to sack the jack-o-lantern was to spook the deer enough that it would shake and fling it off.

"She tried to jump over the wood pile [and] the pumpkin came flying off,” says Lucas. “And she bolted into the woods, and that's exactly the result we wanted."

Just 30 minutes later, the doe - now nicknamed Pumpkin- returned to graze the neighborhood as normal.

"During the holidays and after the holidays, I caution people to pay attention to what they're leaving in their yard because wildlife are very curious,” says Lucas. 

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