British Columbia

Prince Rupert finds a new deer celebrity — one with a yoga ball stuck between its antlers

Terrace, B.C.'s Kayla Vickers spotted "Bally" on Sunday in the backyard of her boyfriend's family home. She shared the deer's photos on social media, thinking it could give Prince Rupert some comic relief in the middle of a pandemic.

'Bally' the deer enjoying growing popularity

A deer was found with a yoga ball stuck between his antlers in an eastern Prince Rupert, B.C., backyard on Sunday. Many residents call him 'Bally' while his photos are going viral on social media. (Submitted by Kayla Vickers)

Prince Rupert residents are already pretty familiar with a deer named Hammy who gained a measure of local renown by virtue of a piece of hammock stuck to his antlered head.

But alas, fame is fleeting. Now, there's a new wildlife darling in town.

Alternately nicknamed "Bally" or "Ballsy," this deer has a pink yoga ball stuck between his antlers. 

The animal has become a sensation in the northwestern B.C. city after images were posted on "Chronicles of Hammy the Deer," a Facebook page dedicated to a fellow ungulate who became well known to the local community three years ago by virtue of the purple fabric accidentally attached to its antlers.

On Sunday, Terrace, B.C.'s Kayla Vickers took and shared photos of Bally who she spotted in the backyard of her boyfriend's family home in eastern Prince Rupert. 

Watch | Bally appears unperturbed by the large yoga ball on his head:

This B.C. deer has an exercise ball stuck on its head

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Kayla Vickers of Prince Rupert, B.C. noticed a deer with a bright pink exercise ball stuck between its antlers in her backyard. 0:15

"He [my boyfriend] just happened to let his dad's dog out, and so he called inside to the house and said, 'Hey! Come look at this!'" she said.

"I was just really shocked, and I was surprised that the ball didn't pop."

The couple was about five to six feet away from Bally. Vickers says even with the fences in between, the deer was slightly startled and backed off when he noticed himself being the focus of attention.

Bally soon left the backyard. Having no clue where the yoga ball comes from, Vickers called the Conservation Officer Service for help.

"I was worried because he [Bally] was having a hard time getting around one of the trees," she said. "I didn't know if it [the yoga ball] was uncomfortable for him."

Hammy, Prince Rupert's other famout deer, even had a Facebook group created for him where Prince Rupert residents could share their sightings of him and his distinctive purple hammock. (David MacKenzie)

The B.C. Ministry of Environment says the ball poses no risk to the deer. 

Perhaps Vickers doesn't have to worry too much about Bally's welfare. In 2017, Conservation Officer Sgt. Tracy Walbauer said Hammy, Prince Rupert's originally famous deer, seemed to be feeding well and socializing fine with other deer even with the foreign object dangling on the right antler.

Despite her concern for Bally, Vickers shared her photos on social media to cheer people up amid COVID-19.

"I just thought … I'd give some people a nice little chuckle over this," she said.

Three years ago, Bally's rival Hammy did achieve something of a cult celebrity status. Many residents dressed as him in subsequent Halloweens and a local apparel store even created a T-shirt with the animal on it.

Will Bally outlast Hammy? It's hard to say, but as props go, hammock netting may have a little more staying power than a deflatable yoga ball. In the meantime, there's always Halloween.

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With files from Matt Allen and Andrew Kurjata

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