A MAN has described the moment he found a dead deer on the bank of the River Adur in Shoreham.
During one of his leisurely walks along the riverbank, David Parlett, of Greenacres, Shoreham, came across an unusual site.
“I saw something sticking up,” he said. “I didn’t know if it was a body at first.”
On closer inspection, the 68-year-old could see the antlers and realised it was a deer’s carcass.
“It was fairly young but had some decent antlers on it. I don’t know how precisely it came to be there, but I don’t think it was washed up,” he said.
The carcass was located almost exactly between Shoreham Tollbridge and the railway line along the River Adur, which is a popular spot for ramblers and dog walkers.
A man at the scene who wished to remain anonymous said stags were normally found in Arundel Park, not near Shoreham.
“I think this deer accidentally got thrown in the water,” he added.
The man arrived with a saw to remove the antlers, but was advised not to.
Adur and Worthing Borough councils were informed and the carcass has since been removed.
To report animal carcasses call the council on 01903 239999.