A 2 day old baby roe deer was found wandering in a field at Horley yesterday (Thursday). Trevor Weeks Rescue Coordinator for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), drove to Horley where the deer had been picked up and bedded down in the finders' bedroom. The baby roe deer was seen with its mother at 10am in the morning. Local residents monitored the field and baby after the mother was disturbed and ran off leaving the baby alone. After 4 hours the mother had not returned and the baby had started to wander in the open. Local residents decided to pick up the deer and bring him in. WRAS was called and by the time Trevor arrived the mother still had not appeared.
Volunteer rescuers are getting fed up of not knowing for sure what is going on with movement restrictions due to the Foot & Mouth Outbreak.
On Saturday rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were told by DEFRA that there was a movement ban on hedgehogs, vets from St Annes Vets in Eastbourne contacted DEFRA on Sunday to be told that were was not a ban on their movement, Monday WRAS contacted DEFRA again to be told one minute that were was not a ban and then next minute that there was a ban.
Wildlife Rescuers are extremely annoyed with DEFRA for causing suffering to a hedgehog over the weekend.
"On saturday we were told be DEFRA’s helpline that there was a movement restriction placed on hedgehogs and we could not move them and deer" said Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS).
Wildlife Rescuers from a Sussex Charity are warning that wildlife will suffer as a result of the Foot and Mouth outbreak and the movement restrictions which have been put in place.
Trevor Weeks Rescue Co-ordinator for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) was dealing with a road casualty deer when he heard of the movement restriction being imposed. The deer has had to be isolated so that it cannot come into contact with any other animals. "Normally we move such patients to the specialist deer unit at St Tiggywinkles in Buckinghamshire after initial treatment here in East Sussex, but on contacting St Tiggywinkles they informed us that movement restrictions were now in place, as a result of a Foot and Mouth outbreak in Surrey" said Trevor "the deer has been treated by local vets and a specialist vet from St Tiggywinkles is due to come down tomorrow to assess the animals condition and whether we can apply for a movement order to get the deer to St Tiggywinkles for the specialist treatment it needs."
A Pregnant deer which was caught in stock fencing on Wednesday has been rushed to a specialist deer unit at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire, after she developed difficulties.
The female deer was found caught by her rear leg in stock fencing at Burwash Weald, near Heathfield, on Wednesday morning. It took four rescuers to carry her almost a mile across country to a waiting veterinary ambulance.
WRAS rescuers were called out to a deer reported to be caught in stock fencing at Burwash Weald, near Heathfield on Wednesday 10th May 2007.
Teams from Eastbourne and Uckfield were sent to the scene which was about a miles walk from the roadside. The female Roe deer had its right back leg strung up in the air where the barbed wire from the top of the fence had caught on the hoof and twisted trapping the deer. The poor deer had then struggled so much that her body ended up going underneath the fence.