A PAIR of nude sunbathers have been fined for breaching Covid rules after calling cops for help in fighting off a rampaging deer.
The clueless duo ran into bushland after being “startled” by the beast and had to be rescued on Sunday evening, Australian police revealed.
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They said the men had been relaxing nude on a remote beach south of Sydney before fleeing into the Royal National Park to escape the animal.
Emergency services launched a ground and helicopter search after the pair then called for help shortly after 6pm.
A 30-year-old man “naked and carrying a backpack” was discovered first on a walking track. A “partially clothed” 49-year-old was found later.
“It’s difficult to legislate against idiots,” raged New South Wales state police commissioner Mick Fuller after the bizarre incident.
He said the men “should be embarrassed” for “putting people at risk by leaving home without a proper reason” and “then diverting important resources away from the health operation.”
“Now, it’s only a small percentage of the New South Wales people that are not following the health guidelines, but I can assure you, if you breach the health orders or the guidelines, you will be punished.”
The men were fined $1,000 (£540) for breaking stay-at-home orders by travelling outside Sydney, which is currently in lockdown to curb a growing Covid-19 outbreak.
The Australian authorities are currently trying to rein in an outbreak of the highly-infectious Delta variant which has spread to both coasts.
They were among more than 40 people fined for breaching health rules in New South Wales state on Sunday, police said.
The government did not comment on Fuller’s Monday disclosure, but some lawmakers joined in a Twitter frenzy that sent the word “deer” trending.
“A good reminder. A COVID health breach results in very deer fines,” New South Wales opposition leader Chris Minns said in a post.
Deer are not native to Australia but about 2,000 of the southeast Asian Rusa breed live in the Royal National Park after being introduced a century ago.