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Arrow removed from live deer's head

November 10, 2013|By Matt Pearce
  • A young male deer in New Jersey stands with an arrow through its head. On Saturday, state wildlife officials removed the arrow while the animal was tranquilized.
A young male deer in New Jersey stands with an arrow through its head. On Saturday,… (New Jersey Department of…)

Biologists in New Jersey have managed to remove an arrow from the head of a young deer that had wandered around with the arrow for at least a week. 

It's bow-hunting season in New Jersey, and the deer apparently had been shot by a hunter.

Susan Darrah first spotted the deer in the backyard of her Rockaway Township home Nov. 1 and called officials, according to the Star-Ledger.

The deer appeared at Darrah's home multiple times, and New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife officials had hoped to tranquilize the deer to remove the arrow.

They finally got their chance Saturday, sedating the deer near Darrah's home, giving it antibiotics, removing the arrow and then setting it free, the Star-Ledger reported.

The paper reported that officials said the arrow did not appear to have seriously damaged any organs, and after it was removed, the deer woke up and wandered away, arrow-free.

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