Freddie the Roe deer - update
Freddie, the Roe deer fawn, who was featured in the Observer in June after he was found critically ill, has now been sucessfully reared and placed into a suitable location preparing him for full release back into the wild.
Charlie Sampson (Alphapet veterinary nurse, who has cared for Freddie since he was rescued) said “ It has been a long and emotional journey for both Freddie and myself, it was a fine balance between being a surrogate mother and ensuring he did not lose his wild nature and his fear for man. Successfully rearing him after he was so critically ill has been very rewarding”
Richard Edwards (vet) commented "This was an unusual case for us. We still have no idea what happened to Freddie's mother, but he was so ill when he arrived with us that we had real doubts on several occasions whether he would make it. Charlie's nursing skills and dedication here were crucial to his survival and eventual recovery - she has done a remarkable job! And now we have a great chance to return him back to where he belongs - the wild. It would be ideal to be able to put him with other orphaned deer to help him make this transition, but that has proved very difficult so far, logistically. However, where he being kept currently, he has increasing contact with wild deer, but we can still monitor him closely without disturbing him. Hopefully, in the Spring, we will be able to release him fully."