In the English town Sutton Coldfield, someone spotted a deer stuck in a scary situation and called the RSPCA, the largest animal charity in the U.K. Fortunately, animal collection officer Catherine Strawford who has experience freeing animals from tight places ran to the rescue of the deer. She came prepared with her surprising secret weapon: dish soap. And the rescue was successful!

Using dish soap, she was able to free the deer in just 20 minutes, which would have taken longer if she would have had to call firefighters or rescuers for assistance, although she told Independent she would have called them if she wasn’t able to free the deer herself.

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Apparently, the deer misjudged the spaces between metal bars of the gate when he leaped through and got stuck. He had wounds between his hips and waist from where he tried to force himself through the gate. Fortunately, the dish soap helped Strawford gently ease him out.

He must have been terrified, but her ingenuity saved his life.

When she freed him, she cleaned his wounds before watching him run off to live his life (hopefully) happily ever after.

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