Deer fawn brought back from the brink by SSPCA officer

Young Phoenix is seen here with wildlife assistant Alex.
Young Phoenix is seen here with wildlife assistant Alex.
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A fawn found close to death is making a remarkable recovery, with a little TLC from the Scottish SPCA.

The male fallow deer, who was later aptly named Phoenix, was just a few days old when he was discovered, barely alive, in a garden of a property at Abercorn Road in the village of Newton.

It is believed the animal possibly came from the nearby Hopetoun Estate.

Since the find, wildlife assistant Alex Morris, based at the charity’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire, and who specialises in hand-rearing deer fawns, has been acting as Phoenix’s surrogate mother.

Alex said: “Phoenix was barely alive when he arrived.

“I didn’t think he was going to make it as he was hardly breathing and was so cold. It was around 11pm so I took him home with me and sat with him under a duvet to help increase his body temperature.

“At around 4am I woke up and he was looking at me, which is when I knew he had a chance of making a recovery.

“Phoenix is now six weeks old and is doing really well. He needed a lot of one to one attention and I’m still hand-feeding him but I hope to wean him when he’s two to three months.”

It is hoped that the deer will eventually be released back into the wild.

“Once Phoenix is able to fend for himself he’ll be released at a carefully selected site where he’ll be able to integrate with an existing herd of fallow deer,” Alex said.

“It’s always sad to say goodbye to my deer fawns as I build up such a strong bond with them.

“However, bringing Phoenix back from the brink of death is one of my biggest achievements this year so I’ll be happy to see him return to the wild, fit and healthy.”

Centre manager Colin Seddon praised her efforts, saying: “Without Alex’s compassion and devotion, Phoenix would not have survived.”

* Scottish SPCA inspectors and animal rescue officers save thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals from harm and danger every year.

Vets and staff at their wildlife rescue centre and animal rescue and rehoming centres look after, rehabilitate and rehome thousands more.

If you know of an animal in danger or distress or would like advice, call the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.