A second wild deer, which likely roamed around the Sydney CBD for more than a week, has been euthanised after sustaining injuries while dodging traffic and running through the city on Thursday morning.
Commuters in central Sydney were warned to watch out for a deer running across the inbound lanes on the Anzac Bridge in Pyrmont about 5.25am. Police attempted to capture the animal but it escaped, and reinforcements from the RSPCA were called in.
Detective Inspector David El-Badawi told Sydney radio station 2GB the deer then moved into the rail corridor between Central and Redfern stations.
The animal delayed trains by around 15 minutes before it exited. It was spotted in Chippendale just after 9am and was eventually caught in the same area around 11.30am.
More than a week ago two deer were spotted running through the streets in Leichhardt, Balmain and Annandale.
El-Badawi said it was probably the same deer that authorities failed to capture on 6 October.
“We’re not sure but there was a deer missing … It could be related to it,” he said.
The other deer was captured by NSW police and examined by a veterinarian, who found it was a feral animal in poor health and ordered it to be humanely euthanised.
The public was originally hopeful the deer might be allowed to live in Toronga zoo after a vet successfully tranquillised the animal and police took it to the wildlife park for medical assessment.
But a statement from the zoo confirmed it could not be saved.
“Health checks determined it was a wild female adult deer that had sustained multiple injuries and was underweight, and the decision was made to humanely euthanise her,” a statement from the zoo said.
Earlier police had warned motorists to look out for the deer, amid reports it might have been struck by a car.
Citybound motorists are warned to take extra care after a deer was seen in the Pyrmont area about 5.30am. Police are seeking specialist assistance from the RSPCA. Anyone who sees the deer is urged not to approach it and call police.
— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) October 14, 2020
“I just want all drivers inbound to the city to really watch out, we don’t want it to get hit,” a spokeswoman said.
“We also really want people to keep their dogs on leashes and locked inside – last week there was a video of a dog chasing the deer on to the road.”