Rescuers have been left stunned and shocked after dealing with two severely injured dog attacked baby deer in 3 days. Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to Earls Down (between Battle and Heathfield) on Tuesday after a retriever caught a fallow deer fawn and again on Thursday to a fawn which was caught in stock fencing and then attacked by a Labradoodle dog just south of Dallington (again between Battle and Heathfield). In the past month they have also had 3 other incidents to deal with too.
A wildlife rescue charity is urging members of the public about the dangers of ligature wounds after dealing with what they describe as "one of the worse cases of misguided care they have ever seen involving a baby deer".
On Friday 7th October a member of the public found a 5 week old fallow deer caught in barbed wire fencing near Ardingly in Sussex, they took the deer home and because they couldn't see much external damage they decided to try and treat and rear the animal at home in a stable.
Volunteer rescuers are describing the birth of a baby deer as nothing short of a miracle after its mum's horrendous ordeal.
Button the miracle baby fallow deer rescued in October 2009 by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), who despite the odds, survived after being cut free from stock fencing which caused a nasty ligature wound around her stomach, was born 3 months later than normal, suffered from haemorrhagic enteritis, died and was resuscitated and lost the tips of her ears due to frost bite/hypothermia; has survived and now amazingly given birth to her own baby deer!
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.
A baby fallow deer caught in stock fencing would have died a slow death if it wasn't for volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
On Sunday 18th October WRAS rescuers were called to a footpath just off the A275 south of Dane Hill in East Sussex. Rescuers from Uckfield attended on site taking large stretchers and rescue equipment not believing the deer would be a baby at this time of year. The baby fallow deer was caught in stock fencing in the middle of a hedge and rescuers were surprised to find a 2 week old baby fallow deer suffering from hypothermia. Fallow deer are normally born up until the end of July, it is believed that some are born later but do not normally survive the winter not putting on enough weight.
A voluntary charity is asking members of the public not to ignore ligature wounds after being called to a deer at 9.30pm last night (Wednesday 22nd July) at West Hoathly which had originally been found and cut free on Sunday (19th July).
"We were called out at 9.30pm to a baby fallow deer about 3 weeks old. The caller had rescued to the deer caught in stock fencing on Sunday and only found our details via the internet last night" said Trevor Weeks Rescue Co-ordinator, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
A baby roe deer and a baby fallow deer have both been rescued over the past 48 hours in East Sussex.
The little baby roe deer was delivered to WRAS on Sunday (28th June 2009). She had been picked up 2 days earlier near Haywards Heath by a landowner who found her in a field thought to have been abandoned. The dehydrated baby deer was given emergency treatment by East Sussex WRAS volunteers Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn before being rushed up to specialists at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire.
East Sussex WRAS had yet another baby deer come in today via Raystede Animal Welfare Centre at Ringmer. The baby fallow deer was found with its rear leg caught in stock fencing at Newick and was delivered by members of the public to Raystede. Staff at Raystede contacted East Sussex WRAS for help.
Despite a lack of current funding volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) are still trying their best to help wildlife in need. Last night (Monday 11th August 08) founder Trevor Weeks, rescuer Greg Holliday and WRAS fundraiser Julie Hosier, helped save a very poorly baby deer.
Early on Friday Morning - 20th June 2008 - a pregnant fallow deer was found on the A22 Uckfield Bypass near the East Sussex National Golf Course. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended onsite and Sussex Police even closed the A22 for safety during rush hour whilst the deer was rescued and loaded into one of WRAS’s veterinary ambulances.