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Deer still stuck in plastic pumpkin after 5 days as neighbors work to save him

An Upper Arlington deer has had a plastic pumpkin on it's head for five days. (WSYX/WTTE)

An Upper Arlington neighborhood has banded together to try to save a deer that's had its head stuck inside a plastic pumpkin for five days.

"We love animals. That's the thing. It's just not right to let an animal suffer like this," says Brenda Bowman, who lives in the neighborhood where the deer has been spotted.

They're keeping each other informed via social media each time it's spotted. A video was posted to Facebook last night showing the deer wandering around near someone's garage.

"I'm getting frustrated and concerned that day five - I just couldn't imagine walking around and trying to sleep with something on my head for five days," says Doug Davis, who originally spotted the deer on Saturday.

Volunteers are showing up to the neighborhood to help to catch the animal.

"This just can't go on much longer. This is a ton of suffering. It's just bewildering to me that we can't do anything to help this deer," adds Davis.

Others are offering suggestions online.

"I've seen people say let's use horse blankets. Let's use a net. How about wooden pallets to corral it," says Bowman.

Now, they're concerned that time is running out.

"Realistically speaking, it probably has two more days to live," Bowman adds.

Davis is asking people on social media to call wildlife officials about the deer. "It's just a matter of applying the right pressure, knowing who to ask: beg, borrowing, and stealing so we can help her end her suffering."

The neighbors hope wildlife crews can somehow save the deer, before it's too late.

"It's dying a slow and painful death. Dehydration. It's going to get disoriented. It might drag itself to a corner to die, which is really sad," says Bowman.

Upper Arlington police responded to a call Tuesday night from a neighbor concerned about the deer, but say there’s really nothing they could do since the animal is neither injured nor a danger to the public.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio Wildlife Center said: “We are monitoring the condition of the deer through checks ourselves and resident reports. We’re working in partnership with many local agencies to assess all available options. Both the approach and timing of it are important.”

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