Caught Pregnant Deer Update

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.

After 24 hours rest and observation and after advice from St Tiggywinkles, it was decided best to rush her to there expert facilities to ensure that veterinary staff who have experience of deer could assess her and decide how best to treat her.

"We were concerned when we checked her in the morning, as she had made no attempt to stand and was obviously still in a lot of discomfort too" said Trevor Weeks, Rescue Co-ordinator, "we also could not see any sign of her young moving. This plus our concerns about the way she had struggled whilst caught made us very concerned about the baby and her ability to give birth."

WRAS rescuers Trevor Weeks from Uckfield and Alec Anscombe from Eastbourne drove the deer resting between two straw bails and on an inflatable air mattress, to St Tiggywinkles yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Staff at St Tiggywinkles thought she had aborted her youngster. They placed her on a drip and gave her medication too. She was placed in a small specially designed stable to relax and to help her recover. Staff intend to undertake further checks on her today (Friday).

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Press Contacts: Trevor Weeks - 07931 523958, Alec Anscombe - 07974 085 950 and St Tiggywinkles - 01844 292 292

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