One night, at around midnight my son-in-law, who is an RSPCA inspector, was called to the scene of an accident. A car had hit a doe, she died on impact, but her stomach burst open and two babies fell out. One was dead, the other one alive.
Because he had been on duty for almost 24 hours, my son-in-law, Ben, decided that it wasn’t safe for him to drive two hours to the rescue centre so he took the newborn home. He went to bed and my daughter and their lab, Betsy, were looking after the baby.
In the morning, they took him to the rescue centre.
A few weeks later there was a follow-up report on TV, showing how well he was doing.
And then, this:
The male roe deer had been reared at the RSPCA Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, then released into the wild.
But the animal was deemed unsuitable for its natural environment and was put to sleep.
The move has been condemned by the British Deer Society, which said it was irresponsible to bring up the deer and expect it to be able to go back into the wild.
BDS spokesman David Kenyon said: ‘If the RSPCA took the decision to raise the deer, then they should have taken the long-term decision to put it into a petting zoo.
‘It was irresponsible to bring up a deer and expect it to go back into the wild.
‘I have heard of deer being raised and put in petting zoos, but I have not heard of one being raised and then put down. That’s a first.’
The ‘miracle’ deer appeared from his mother’s ruptured abdomen after being struck by a car in Turton near Bolton, Greater Manchester, in June.
After a month, the male roe deer was taken to a centre in Norfolk with specialist facilities to rehabilitate deer into the wild.
The animal was released into the wild last week, but the RSPCA said the deer was too tame following its release and it had to be put down.
A spokesman claimed that a tame deer that had previously been placed in a deer park had ‘jumped on people’.
It’s antlers meant it could have been a danger to visitors, so the park owners shot it.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: ‘The deer which was born after his mother was killed in a car accident was released into the wild.
‘Sadly, it was immediately evident that he was too tame to cope with his new environment and his welfare would have been at risk if he had remained there.
‘Staff caught him again and he was put to sleep in a humane way.
‘The ethos behind our wildlife centres is to get wild animals back to where they belong.
‘In addition, a male roe deer as tame as this could pose a serious risk to humans, as well as to itself.
‘As with all wildlife rescues, we took a risk that this deer would not thrive on release.
‘We took the chance that we could rear it, knowing that we might have to euthanase it if it sadly proved unsuitable for a life in the wild.’
I don’t want to criticise RSPCA.They may have made the right decision, but I can’t help being upset about it.