Weak male fawn rescued by Scottish SPCA

The Scottish SPCA is caring for a male fallow deer fawn after he was spotted by a member of the public struggling in a nearby field.

BailleyWe were alerted after the fawn was seen to be returning to the same spot near Dunkeld in a weak state on 17 July.

The adorable fawn is now being rehabilitated at the our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where he has been named Bailey.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Bailey was very weak when he arrived but is recovering well and responding to treatment.

“He is currently being looked after by our Head of Large Mammals Sheelagh McAllister.”

We regularly warn members of the public not to approach baby deer unless there is a welfare concern, as there clearly was in Bailey’s case.

Colin added, “Fawns are left alone from a very early age as their mothers go off foraging. They are left curled up under bushes or in long grasses to keep hidden from potential predators but are often disturbed by dogs and humans.

“Our advice is to leave the fawn alone, unless showing signs of distress and calling out, and return in 24 hours as the mother will likely have moved it. If it has not been moved at this stage but is still not calling or showing any signs of distress, the mother has probably come back and fed it. 

“To be sure a fawn has been abandoned it must be observed from a distance for at least 12 hours. A fawn that has been truly abandoned will get up from its hiding place and start calling for its mother.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Bird rescued by the Scottish SPCA being fed

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