IF YOU FIND A FAWN - leave it alone, unless you know 100% that the mother is dead, (as in the example above).
Deer leave their fawns alone, but well hidden in the undergrowth. The doe will return to feed her fawn or fawns (as they can have twins) several times a day. However, if there are humans around, mum will NOT return. She will not want to expose where her baby is hidden.
Do not touch the fawn. Turn around quickly and walk away.
Fawns are difficult to hand rear and do not do well in Rescue, so PLEASE do not touch a fawn unless you are certain mum is dead.
If you do ring this Rescue stating you have found a fawn you will be asked numerous questions and only when we are certain that the fawn is orphaned, will it be accepted into Rescue.
Female Roe deer give birth, usually to twins, single fawns, and even triplets, between mid May and Mid June.
The fawns suckle from their mum within a few hours of birth.
Their coat, is dappled for around the first six weeks which helps to camouflage them.
If there are twins, the fawns will be left in separate areas with mum visiting each twin in turn to feed them.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.