HAILSHAM: Baby deer on the mend after rescue from field

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A BABY roe deer was rescued after being abandoned in a field in Chiddingly.

The small baby roe deer weighing less than 2kg was discovered by a farmer on May 10.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to the scene to the help the deer.

Trevor Weeks, founder of WRAS, said, “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.

“After an assessment of the deer’s condition though it was decided she must come in for care.”

The animal was stranded in a ploughed field, with no vegetation and was very cold and unable to stand.

Trevor said, “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.

“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 him round.”

The 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.

The rescue charity has said if you do find a baby mammal or bird do not touch them unless in they are in immediate danger – like in the middle of road, 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.

You should wrap them 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.

Also 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.