If you find a deer fawn, please follow these 3 simple rules:
1. DO NOT TOUCH IT
Unless it’s in immediate danger, such as in the middle of the road, don’t touch it. A mother deer will reject her young if she picks up the human scent.
2. Walk Away Quietly
99% of the time the mother is very close by, if you’re walking your dog, put it on a lead.
3. Call the Experts
If you are concerned about the fawn’s safety, ring your local wildlife centre.
Every year hundreds of young deer lose their lives here in the UK because members of the public find a deer fawn that’s on its own and, unwittingly, interfere.
Mother deer leave their young by themselves for long periods during the day and night, this is to prevent the fawn from becoming exhausted as it would if following its mother all day as she browses for food.
If you find a young fawn, please walk away from it immediately; deer are pre-programmed to be terrified of humans, it’s what keeps them safe. It’s very natural for a baby to be on its own but its mother is always nearby and watching over it.
If the fawn is crying, it’s because it is terrified of you and is calling for its mum, not because it is injured. It’s a WILD animal, so sitting and stroking the fawn isn’t comforting, like it is for a domestic dog; it will be terrified and you are risking its life. The stress of the situation could severely damage its heart and kill the deer, due to a condition that deer suffer from called ‘capture myopathy’, as well as the likelihood of it being rejected by its mother, now that it smells of you.
The best thing you can do for this beautiful animal is to walk away as soon as possible and if you do have any worries about its safety, ring your local wildlife centre.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation can be contacted on their ’24 Hour Emergency Helpline’ and are happy to deal with calls from anyone needing help, be it locals in Surrey or further afield.
The number is 09061 800 132 and calls are charged at 50p per minute to help with funding the charity.
Please resist the urge to interact with these adorable animals; do the right thing for them and walk away and keep your dog on a lead.
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