The deer suffered gruesome injuries on its hind legs and face in the accident and was found lying by the roadside by locals who reported the matter to the Hebbagodi police.
The police later informed the range forest officers of the Bannerghatta National Park and the injured animal was shifted to the Bannerghatta Rehabilitation Centre.
Dr L Ranganath, professor and HoD (surgery) at the Government Veterinary Hospital, and his team performed a surgery on the deer on Wednesday. The animal had suffered a fracture on its thigh bone and had also dislocated the bone. The deer was shifted to the hospital where it underwent a two-hour orthopaedic surgery, which included inserting a bone plate to fix the dislocated bone.
“The deer had a serious injury on his left hock joint and plating was required to fix it. The animal is recuperating at the hospital. The animal may have to be kept at the rehab centre for two months, to remove the plate in future,” Dr Ranganath said. He said that if the surgery was not performed on the animal, it could have developed bone infarction and eventually would have lost its left hind leg.
There have been many cases in the past where the police have handed over injured wild animals lying on NH 7 to the Forest department.
Leopard run over
A two-year-old female leopard was run over by a goods vehicle near the Kattarighatta Gate on National Highway-75 near here in the early hours of Wednesday, reports DHNS from Channarayapatna in Hassan district.
The leopard suffered serious injuries on the face and legs and breathed its last after a while. Passersby informed the Forest department officials about the incident.
The department personnel rushed to the spot and brought the carcass of the leopard to the town, where veterinarians performed the post mortem.
The last rites of the big cat were performed at the Belasinda nature park on the outskirts of the town, said K N Chandrashekhar, the assistant conservator of forests.
Another leopard had been run over at the Chowdenahalli Gate near here three months ago.