Oregon Officers Use Taser To Free Deer Tangled In Rope Swing

Canby, Ore. (AP) -- What do you do with a deer whose antlers are tangled in a rope swing?

Faced with that situation, two Oregon sheriffs' deputies saw no good choices.

They weren't about to try to free the animal themselves. It weighed several hundred pounds and was thrashing wildly.

But if they left it alone, the deputies feared it would die a slow death.

They thought they were going to have to kill it out of compassion. Then one of them thought of the stun guns they use to immobilize out-of-control prisoners.

They zapped the deer.

It stopped moving. The officers untangled the rope and freed the buck.

Not long afterward, the deer took off, "happy as a clam," as the sheriff's office put it.

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