It’s been a few days gone since I experienced this horrifying view and still have thrills coming down my spine while thinking about it. But I finally got a courage to write about it and show some photos.
As a keen hill-walker I have come upon crossing the fences on number of times, and every time I had to jump over it I was wondering why farmers use the barbed wire to separate their fields where the sheep are grazing? There is no wolf and wild cats, anything that could danger their livestock. And the only wild animals I could see were deer, rabbits, and mountain gouts. There is fox too but they don’t jump over fences and they can always get through under them.
So, on the way back from mine early morning photo walk in the Wicklow mountains I encountered something I still can’t describe how horrible it was and how helpless and useless I was… The little fawn got caught by the barbed wire and struggling so hard tried to free himself. When I met him I froze and didn’t know what to do. I tried to approach it and have a look from close but he started struggling harder so I stopped and backed up. He relaxed for a while. I grabbed my camera then. Still had no idea how to help this little creature without scaring him much more. I decided to walk up to the nearest house, which wasn’t too far away, to ask for a help. But inside I knew I can’t leave that little deer. After a quick photo check to analyse what way he got caught, I walked back and decided to just approach him, unhook his leg and let him go free. And when I got back there he freed himself and was already limping away. I was so relieved and hoped he got back to his mama 🙂
Loads of blood was left on the wire and grass
f5.6, 1/400 sec, 75mm, ISO 200, 0EV
f8, 1/250 sec, 200mm, ISO 200, 0EV
f4.5, 1/640 sec, 32mm, ISO 200, 0EV