Miracle baby deer grows up and gives birth to her own baby deer

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!

Button disappeared a couple of weeks ago along with another rescued fallow deer called Billie, and both of them have this week returned after having given birth to a little baby deer each.

Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex WRAS rescued Button as a 2 week old baby from stock fencing at Danehill in East Sussex on 18th October 2009. She was looked after by human foster parents Chris and Sylvia, WRAS carers, on Ashdown Forest and amazingly survived. "It is a miracle that she survived her horrendous rescue ordeal, and it just goes to show how wildlife will fight hoof and claw to survive, to go through so much and to go on and give birth to her own little baby makes this an even bigger miracle. We never thought she was going to survive the first few days after rescue, she was very poorly. We never thought she would survive and grow up to be an adult and give birth to a baby, this is absolutely amazing!" said Button's rescuer Trevor Weeks.

"She was named Button as I was trying to watch Jenson Button win the F1 World Championship as rescuer Kathy phoned the incident through to us! It has been an amazing journey to see her fight for life back in 2009, grow up to the young adult she is today. It was very anxious time when she disappeared from the garden looking pregnant a couple of weeks ago and for her to return this week with a little baby in toe was such a thrill" said foster parent Chris.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our supporters who are helping WRAS to ride out the hard financial times at the moment and over the past few years. It is their donations which have helped make this rescue possible and enabled Button to go on and give birth to her own baby. We currently have 3 other baby deer in care. One caught in fencing, one a road casualty and the other was injured by a dog. It is only with the public support and help that we are able to carry out our life saving work, we know times are hard but with WRAS you know your money is spent very efficiently and wisely. We very much need the public's support and help in order to keep this work up so donations are very much appreciated.

Donations can be sent to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE or can be made online.

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

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