Deer With Purple Hammock On His Head A Local Celebrity But Proving Hard To Catch

A deer that got his antlers stuck in a purple hammock has become a local celebrity in a small northern town in Canada. Although sightings of “Hammy the deer” have proved plentiful over the past few months, being able to catch him to remove the fabric from his antlers is another matter.

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Hammy’s (mis)adventures began back in the summer in Prince Rupert, British Columbia when Marcedés Mack was visiting family in town. She told CBC News that she heard a distress call coming from the backyard and went to check things out. That’s when she first spotted Hammy thrashing around – his antlers had gotten stuck in the neighbor’s hammock.

Posted by Marcedés Mack on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Macks’ sister called the RCMP, who managed to free the deer by cutting the hammock. However, they weren’t able to untangle the fabric from his right antler.

Posted by Marcedés Mack on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hammy’s purple adornment soon gained him notice, and then fame, after Mack set up a Facebook page for him.

Hammy is now on Alexandra Place.

Posted by Barry Eso on Monday, November 13, 2017

“I kind of felt an attachment, so I figured if I started a page for him, I could bring the community together to keep tabs on Hammy for me by sharing pics and stories,” she wrote in the introduction to the Facebook group ‘Chronicles of Hammy the Deer’.

Sunday, 1pm, 6th Ave East hill.

Posted by Michael McDowall on Monday, November 20, 2017

Dozens of photos of Hammy being spotted around town have since been submitted to the page.

Posted by Angel Lecuyer on Friday, November 10, 2017

Posted by Kristy Yaschuk on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Then, people started to share Hammy-inspired Halloween costumes and Christmas ornaments.

My daughter Morgan Shelby Wilson works at kids, this is thier Christmas ornament she created

Posted by Sharlene Wilson on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Made Ugly sweater cookies 😉

Posted by Melody Halas on Monday, November 13, 2017

Some people were even inspired to dress up their pets.

A local clothing store even created a T-Shirt, with proceeds going to wildlife conservation.

Prince Rupert resident Frances Riley said Hammy’s celebrity status is to be expected, “It’s kind of an unusual thing with a giant purple ball of fabric attached to his head,” she said. “He looks both noble and ridiculous.”

Conservation officers were initially not overly concerned for Hammy as he seemed to be able to eat and get around just fine. And with his antlers due to fall of in the winter time (as they naturally do for young bucks), Hammy’s purple adornment would be temporary.

However, with rutting season approaching, they grew concerned he might get tangled with another deer. And it seems Hammy is already locking antlers with other male deers in the area.

Posted by Amanda Rai on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

But the conservation officers sent to tranquilize Hammy and remove the fabric are having a hard time tracking the deer down after a day of searching.

Posted by Diane Gent on Thursday, November 16, 2017

With any luck, they will look to the Hammy’s Facebook page for clues as to where he is hanging out. After all, his ardent fans are keeping pretty close tabs on him!

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