Oh deer - charity worker rescues trapped fawn
An RSPCA rescuer managed to free a tiny fawn which got stuck inside a confined garden, to be reunited her with her mum.
Animal rescue officer Marie Stevens was called to Petworth on Thursday (May 20) after a resident spotted a tiny roe deer inside their garden.
Marie said: “The garden was confined with 8ft-high deer-proof fencing so I have no idea how the little one managed to get in but it certainly wasn’t going to be easy for her to get back out.
“The baby looked just like Bambi huddled up amongst the undergrowth and bluebells. I was almost expecting Thumper to emerge at any second. Thankfully, though, this story had a much happier ending than the Disney classic.
“She was wet and cold. The caller had been monitoring her but reluctantly brought her inside to warm her up.
“I checked the local area and found a lone doe nearby in a field.
“She didn’t seem to want to leave despite me being around and I suspected she was mum and was looking for her fawn.
“I carried the kid over to a sheltered spot nearby and left her for mum to find, keeping everything crossed.
“The following morning I returned and was absolutely thrilled to see that mum had found the little one and they were back together grazing happily nearby.”
Fawns are often left alone from an early age and for long periods of time. Their mothers will return to feed them, usually around dusk.
An RSPCA spokesman issued this advice: “If you see a fawn alone then watch from a distance to see if mum returns.
“If she doesn’t or if she can’t reach her baby – like in this case – please call our emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999 for advice."