Daphne the deer to be re-created in willow

Daphne the deer Image copyright North Lincolnshire Council
Image caption Staff said Daphne had become a favourite with visitors to the park

Staff at a country park where a resident friendly deer was killed in an attack by a dog want to create a willow sculpture of her.

Daphne the deer was mauled at Waters' Edge Country Park in Barton on Wednesday and had to be put down.

An appeal has been made for weavers to make the artwork, which will be sited in the deer's favourite meadow.

A memorial wall has been put up inside the centre for people to share their memories of Daphne.

The park is home to numerous deer, but Daphne, who was about three-years-old, chose to stay close to the visitor centre after people started feeding her.

'Friendly face'

Park staff believe she was the victim of a savage attack by a dog and are offering a £200 reward for information.

A spokesman for North Lincolnshire Council, which owns the site, said: "Daphne the deer was a friendly face for many visitors to Waters' Edge.

"She enjoyed daily visits - particularly from children who brought her food."

Image copyright Suzanne Currie
Image caption People are sharing their memories and photos of Daphne on the Waters' Edge Facebook page

Since announcing Daphne's death on Facebook, North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said the park had been inundated with comments from people.

"It is only fitting that we have a memorial for her," he said.

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