Baby Roe Deer found at Chiddingly

A baby roe deer has been found in a ploughed field near Chiddingly (Tuesday 10th May). The small baby roe deer weighing less than 2kg was discovered by a farmer yesterday afternoon. Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site to assess the deer.

"This little baby had already been picked up and moved which I would not normally advise anyone to do, it is always best to call for advice before touching any young wildlife" said Trevor Weeks founder of WRAS, " after an assessment of the deer's condition though it was decided she must come in for care."

The little deer was out in a ploughed field, with no vegetation and he was very cold and unable to stand. "It is normal for baby deer to be left in long grass, hidden in bushes and undergrowth, as mum moves away from her baby so that foxes and other predators are not attracted to her young. It is only if found out in exposed locations that they may be abandoned" said Trevor.

This little baby deer is now in care with WRAS and he is being looked after by an experienced volunteer who was up most of the night with him at their home on Ashdown Forest. "He is very poorly, and clearly has been away from mum for a while as he has been attempting to eat grass and leaves out of desperation. We just hope that his system is not shuting down and that our carers can bring her round" said Trevor Weeks.

If you find a baby mammal or bird

  • Do not touch unless in immediate danger – like in the middle of road.
  • Baby wildlife are always at risk of cats and predators but this is a natural risk and therefore should not be touched.
  • Call for help and advice straight away, do not wait.
  • Do not feed milk to any wildlife as this can kill them - sugar diluted in warm water is fine.
  • Wrap in a warm towel and place in a secure container.
  • The more mature babies and some species of wild animal and bird, become extremely distressed if you start stroking or petting them.
  • Keep noise down around the baby as this can be very frightening.
  • Keep away from pets.
  • Do not be tempted to rear a baby wild animal or bird on its own, as they can become domesticated, and when released they normally do not survive long.
  • If sick or injured seek veterinary help as soon as possible, do not try and treat it yourself.

Do not assume an wild animal or bird has been abandoned, seek advice first before touching.

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, Director, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958

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