Deery me -- this cheeky bunch has chewed up half the garden
Published 18/06/2011 | 05:00
From a distance, it looks like a classic countryside scene -- a herd of deer grazing on fresh meadow grass on a warm summer's afternoon.
However, look closely and you will see this cheeky mob is chewing down on a private garden, uprooting shrubs and plants in their wake.
Photographer Garry O'Neill, from Arklow, Co Wicklow, could not believe his luck when he stumbled upon the unusual scene in the side garden of a house in Curtlestown, Enniskerry yesterday.
"I just spotted a deer and two fawns at a red gate on the side of the road and I thought they were just entering a field, so I quickly went in and got my camera out, but the fawns had walked off at this stage.
"Then I looked more closely and realised that about 50 metres away from me there were loads of deer on the lawn of a private house just eating the grass and chewing a few shrubs.
"There were about 10 of them altogether. They were all just climbing over the garden wall. I could not believe it. I had never seen anything like it," Mr O'Neill said.
Damian Hannigan of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland said it was very unusual to see Sika deer enter a private property to graze.
"The females would have given birth to foals and calves over the past two weeks, so it is very unusual to see them wander far from where the doe gave birth," he said.