An RSPCA officer called to rescue a baby deer in the centre of Bath was given a parking ticket while doing his job.
The deer was discovered in a vault next to the Abbey Hotel in North Parade at 9am this morning.
While waiting for the fire service to arrive to assist him, he was given a parking ticket by a council attendant patrolling the area, despite explaining the situation.
A spokesman for Bath and North East Somerset Council said: “The civil enforcement officer was enforcing the parking regulations by issuing a Penalty Charge Notice – but given the exceptional circumstances we have decided to cancel the ticket.”
It is not known how the deer got stuck in the vault, or where it had come from.
Steve Bennett, who owns the Roman Candles shop, said: “I saw the RSPCA officer and lots of people near the Abbey Hotel.
“I heard a deer was stuck, but have no idea how it managed to get there.
“It is a mystery.”