Elk stuck in tire swing wanders into veterinarian's yard for help

By Daniel Uria  |  Sept. 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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PINE , Ariz., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A wild elk with a tire swing stuck on its head sought out the help of an Arizona veterinarian as it by wandering into her yard.

According to KPHO, the elk wandered into Debera Butler's yard with a tire swing and a tree limb hanging from one of its antlers.

"It was breaking my heart. The tire was on one side and this huge log was on the other side and this log was going back and forth smacking him in the face," Butler said.

Butler, who typically works with much smaller animals, took it upon herself to free the elk in a 12-hour process.

"I went up to him, I cut it and he was free and it was amazing," she told CBS Denver.

She lured the elk in using corn and managed to use a long tree cutter to gently remove the limb.

"I kept calm, saying, 'I'm trying to help you,'" she said. "I was constantly watching the antlers while I was trying to make the cuts."

Butler joked that the elk just happened to choose the right home to receive help and also gained a new nickname thanks to the incident.

"Of all the houses to go to," she said. "I'm now known as the elk whisperer."

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