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Video: Not your usual club run hazard - cyclists in Spain rescue drowning deer

Animal was pulled from pool of water by antlers - then scarpered without so much as a 'thank you'...

This isn’t something you’d typically come across on a club run; footage posted to Twitter shows the moment a group of cyclists stopped mid-ride to rescue a deer that was drowning in a pool of water inside a ruined building in Southern Spain.

The video shows the riders pulling the animal to safety by its antlers and, once it gets enough purchase to get out of the water, it runs off.

The tweet reads: “A round of applause for these cyclists who rescued a deer from drowning in Huesca, Granada.”

Replying to that tweet, Twitter user José Mari Bailo said: “And the deer doesn’t say thank you, not does it buy a few miserly beers. There are no longer any polite or courteous deer like there were before.”

That comment elicited a reply highlighting this tweet, which translates (roughly) as “Good day, Mr Deer.” “Same to you, Mr Human.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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