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