Residents of the small French town Verneuil-sur-Indre were surprised to find a deer stranded on a roof in a recent sticky situation that was caught on camera and posted to YouTube.
Time is of the essence as government employees attempt to help the stranded animal, which comes precariously close to falling several times.
Finally, a clever plan is hatched; a sheet of burlap is spread over the slippery roof tiles. The deer is gently nudged toward the more stable terrain, which offers enough traction to climb to safety.
It appears to be a mystery how the deer got on the roof in the first place, but the final seconds of the video show that the animal gained access from a higher area, possibly a neighbour’s garden.