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Photo by Heather Bertrand/CBC

Arrow successfully removed from head of pregnant deer in B.C.

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Last week, Heather Bertrand saw a strange sight in the backyard of her Vancouver Island home.

The deer she was used to seeing roaming around her property had an arrow sticking through her head. After calling her local conservation officers, the deer became spooked and took off. The next day, the deer was back, this time with the fawn she had given birth to during the night.

Strangely enough, the doe appeared otherwise unharmed. She was extremely mobile and didn’t look to be struggling with any pain.

“She’s not stressed. It’s not bleeding. If she was stressed she wouldn’t even be coming over to our house,” Bertrand told CBC.

Conservation officers eventually tracked down the doe to remove the arrow.

“We are able to track her down in the bushes and successfully get a dart into her with some drugs,” conservation officer Scott Norris told CBC. “The drugs took effect and she went down quite peacefully and we were able to pull the arrow from her face.”

With the injection of a reversal drug, the deer got right up and walked away.

“We’re hopeful that she won’t get infected and that she’ll make a full recovery.”

Hunting is illegal at this time of year and violators could face a minimum fine of $345, though that number often increases with a full prosecution.