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Tiny Deer Named Rupert -Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: An email with the story and photos of a tiny
deer named Rupert who was
delivered by Caesarean section at a wildlife hospital after his mother
was killed by a car. The premature deer is being kept alive by
incubators, expert care and is doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
This is a touching story of
efforts to save the life of a newborn deer, but sadly, he didn't make
according to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. Tiggywinkles is a
veterinary hospital that specializes in
the rescue and rehabilitation of all species of wildlife in England.
The Tiggywinkles web site
said a pregnant female Muntjac deer was admitted
into to the wildlife hospital on September 20, 2008 after she was hit by a
car approximately three miles away in
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire in the
South East of England.
After being treated for severe injuries and "despite expert care, her
injuries were too severe and she would not recover from them, and so the
vet decided the kindest thing would be to put her to sleep.
As her pregnancy was so far advanced, the decision was taken to give her
unborn fawn a chance." Five days later the Rupert was delivered by
The baby fawn was
determined to be about 2 to 3 weeks premature so he was placed in an
incubator to be kept warm and provided fresh oxygen to aid in
development. All efforts were made to feed him after he
refused to suckle from a foster doe and sadly the little fawn condition
deteriorated and he did not pull through.
for the Rupert story at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital
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This tiny deer was delivered by Caesarean section at a
wildlife hospital after his mother was killed by a car. Little Rupert,
who is so small he can fit in an adult’s hand, was born after vets
failed in their battle to save his mother.
At just six inches tall and weighing just over a pound, he is now in an
incubator in the intensive care unit at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital
in Buckinghamshire. He has only recently opened his eyes. Les Stocker,
founder of Tiggywinkles, said: ‘Rupert’s mother had very severe
injuries. We brought him out and got him breathing and then he
went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being fed
by a tube.’
Tucked up: Rupert in an incubator
Rupert pulls a striking pose for the camera Staff are
optimistic Rupert, now five days old, will make a full recovery.
‘Deer are very, very tricky but this one has spirit. He’s an extremely
feisty little guy and quite pushy,’ Mr Stocker said.
Asleep: Rupert takes 40 winks
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