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Deer freed after having plastic Halloween bucket stuck on its head for weeks

LANSING, MI – A deer has been freed after having a plastic Halloween bucket stuck on its head for weeks.

The orange jack-o-lantern bucket was stuck around the deer’s snout, making it difficult or impossible to eat. Concerned citizens in the Lansing neighborhood where the deer was roaming contacted a local rescue group for help.

Deer rescued from 'pumpkin prison'

A white-tailed deer was rescued from a “pumpkin prison” on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Lansing, Mich. South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery used a net to trap the deer, free it from the plastic bucket and then released it. The bucket had been stuck on its head for weeks. (South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery)South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery

On Sunday, Jan. 22, South Lyon Murphy Lost Animal Recovery used a net to capture the deer, which they named “Lucky.” They then cut away the bucket, detangled him and released him. It all took about three minutes. Check out the video here.

“Happy gotcha day Lucky!” the rescue group said on Facebook. “Congratulations on being freed from your pumpkin prison!”

Deer rescued from 'pumpkin prison'

A white-tailed deer was rescued from a “pumpkin prison” on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Lansing, Mich. South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery used a net to trap the deer, free it from the plastic bucket and then released it. The bucket had been stuck on its head for weeks. (South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery)South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery

The group also has advice on how to properly dispose of Halloween buckets – and other similar items – to prevent animals from becoming trapped: Cut the straps or handles.

“We can prevent this,” the group said. “Deer are sooooo curious, like all life is. We are stewards of nature and we all can do a better job.”

Deer rescued from 'pumpkin prison'

A white-tailed deer was rescued from a “pumpkin prison” on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Lansing, Mich. South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery used a net to trap the deer, free it from the plastic bucket and then released it. The bucket had been stuck on its head for weeks. (South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery)South Lyon Murphy Animal Recovery

Nottingham Nature Nook assisted with the rescue.

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