A DEER was rescued by the RSPCA after becoming trapped on the sixth floor of a multi-storey car park in Bournemouth.

The animal welfare charity were called to the rescue after the distressed muntjac deer was spotted in Madeira Road multi-storey car park.

RSPCA animal collection officer Sue Brooks, who filmed a clip of the deer on her phone as she encouraged it down towards the exit said: “This was a first for me and I was amazed to find this little muntjac on the sixth floor at the top of a multi-storey car park.

“With the help from my colleagues, Inspector Patrick Bailey, who prevented people entering the car park, and Inspector Tina Ward, who acted as a backstop, I was able to walk the deer all the way down to the entrance.

“Inspector Bailey then held the traffic to allow her to safely go on her way - quite a relief as these are nervous animals and there was the risk that the deer could get spooked and injure itself.”

Muntjac deer are a small species, generally measuring only 44 - 52cm at the shoulder. They tend to live solitary lives, or occasionally in pairs. Uniquely among deer in England, muntjac can breed throughout the year. Muntjac deer are not native to the UK; they were brought over from China in the early 20th century.