BRAVE LITTLE DEER

Meet a deer little handful called Rupert who was delivered by Caesarean section after his mother was killed by a car

He is growing up without a mother’s love. But this tiny muntjac fawn appears to have a lucky streak nonetheless.

He was born three weeks early after his mother was hit by a car.

Vets battled to save her but she died soon afterwards.


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Rupert

Orphan: Muntjac fawn Rupert was delivered by Caesarean section after
his mother was killed by a car. He was just six inches tall and weighed
500 grams


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Sleepy head: The male has short antlers, usually four inches or less,
and uses them to push enemies off balance so he can wound them with his
two-inch upper canine teeth. The small deer is also called the barking
deer

The little orphan, delivered by Caesarean section, was just six
inches tall and, at 500 grams, weighed little more than a bag of sugar.

It looked like he, too, would face a tough fight for survival.

But
staff at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire believe
Rupert, as he has been named, will make a full recovery after his
dramatic arrival.

At five days old, he is being kept in an incubator and has just opened his eyes.


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Wee thing: Rupert is growing into quite a handful. The muntjac grows to
37 inches in length, and weighs between 22 and 40lbs when fully grown

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.’

‘Deer are very, very tricky but this one has spirit. He’s an extremely feisty little guy and quite pushy,’ he added.

Muntjac
are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with
remains found in Miocene deposits in France and Germany.


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First steps: An unspecified species of muntjac was introduced to the
grounds of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire in the 19th century by the then
Duke of Bedford


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Alien species: Larger numbers of muntjac escaped from Whipsnade Zoo,
and they are the more likely ancestors, in addition to other releases

The present-day species are native to south-east Asia and can be
found from India and Sri Lanka to southern China, Taiwan, Japan and
Indonesian islands.

Reeves’s Muntjac has been introduced to England and is now common in some areas there.

Inhabiting tropical regions, the deer have no seasonal rut and mating can take place at any time of year.

However, this behaviour is retained by populations introduced to temperate countries.

Males have short antlers, which can regrow but they tend to fight for territory with their tusks.


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Widespread: Muntjac colonies exist throughout England below Derbyshire,
and the population continues to grow. Small groupings of muntjacs have
been seen in large urban parks in the Islington, Highgate, East Ham,
Finchley and Greenwich areas of London

I THOUGHT THIS ARTICLE WAS VERY TOUCHING AND IT MAKES ME NOT LIKE HUNTING EVEN MORE THAN I ALREADY DO.

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