ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Wildlife officials have removed an arrow from a young deer's head and released the animal back into the New Jersey woods.
The arrow that had completely pierced the 5-month-old male deer's head was removed Saturday by biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection.
The biologists who did the procedure say the arrow had not damaged any major arteries or organs and the deer's prognosis for survival is excellent.
The animal was treated with preventive antibiotics and released back into the wild.
DEP spokesman Larry Hajna says the arrow removal was performed at a wooded private property in Rockaway Township, about 25 miles west of New York City. The property owner first spotted the injured deer on November 1.