The RSPCA saved a deer which was stuck down a deep hole.

The animal welfare charity has revealed some of its most heart-warming rescue missions from last year to help combat the gloom of Blue Monday this week.

Animal heroes helped a trapped deer to safety after it got stuck down the deep hole in the grounds of a property in Romsey over the summer.

The complex rescue - which saw a team of the charity’s rope and water rescue officers working together to help the distressed deer - ended in joy as the deer ran back to its home in the wild.

Daily Echo: The rescue missionThe rescue mission (Image: RSPCA)

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RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson, who helped the deer to safety, said: “It was great to be able to see her get up and safely run free. It’s these special moments that make the rescue work we do to help animals so rewarding.

“It was a confined space beside a large pond so we knew we had to act carefully and quickly because deer can become easily stressed and this has a huge impact on their health and wellbeing. She was darted with a tranquilliser before being carefully lifted out and placed in a safe area to give her the time she needed to recover.”

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Monday, January 15 marks Blue Monday, with January’s third Monday considered to be the most depressing day of the year.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said:  “We know that many believe Blue Monday to be one of the days people find most difficult. But we hope showcasing how animal lovers have helped us help so many animals over the last year and beyond will put a smile on people's faces this Blue Monday. 

“For 200 years, the RSPCA has been working tirelessly to bring animals to safety and give them the expert treatment and compassion they deserve - but we can’t do that without the support of fellow animal lovers. We’re asking animal lovers to join the winter rescue by donating to help rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them.”