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Rescuers free buck stuck underneath bridge in The Flats

Posted at 12:11 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 17:19:25-05

CLEVELAND — UPDATE: Read and watch reporter Jordan Vandenberge's full report on the deer's successful rescue here.

A male deer, who was stuck for three days underneath a decommissioned railroad bridge near Shooters on the Water in the Flats West Bank, is finally free.

Despite previous attempts by volunteers to free the deer, it just wouldn't budge.

The deer was first noticed on Sunday by Elizabeth Westropp and her family, who were in the Flats taking engagement photos. That's when they noticed the deer fell into a cavernous area.

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“It’s a curse, an animal-loving curse, and I have to be an example to my kids,” Westropp said. “There are people that just looked at him and left. I just couldn’t.”

For days, the Westropp family spent hours devising a plan to get the buck out of the area.

Over the past two days, they built a set of stairs out of an old ladder and also dug a tunnel for the buck to escape the pit. They tried to coax the deer by using lettuce, apples, carrots and other delicacies.

Finally on Wednesday, the deer was able to be corralled out of the dangerous pit and into his newfound freedom.

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