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Rudolph arrives early in one sleepy French town

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The deer escaped unscathed after a three-hour rescue mission. Screengrab: YouTube/RedactionNR
18:28 CET+01:00
Children in the sleepy French town of Verneuil-sur-Indre must have thought Christmas had come early on Tuesday, when this deer appeared on a garage roof in the town centre, requiring an elaborate rescue operation (see video).

According to reports, the wandering deer got stuck on the garage roof on Monday night in the town of Verneuil-sur-Indre in the Indre-et-Loire department of central France.

After a three-hour rescue mission conducted by local government agents, the animal is finally back on firm ground, BFMTV reports.

Reports say that the animal probably ended up on the roof by way of a perch from a neighbouring garden. But the animal slipped on the roof slates and was unable to turn back.

“He tried hard to turn back but slipped and was lying on the roof. We had to find a solution,” the town’s mayor Philippe Bruneau said.

Fortunately, the animal suffered no injuries and was eventually able to go back the way it came.

"In my 12 years in office, I've had to track down a wolf, and now rescue a deer from a roof. Not bad," added Bruneau.

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Check out this video of the rescue mission.

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