ABANDONED BABY DEER FOUND WANDERING ON THE HIGHWAY, UNDER THE CARE OF WILDLIFE SOS
A nearly twenty-day old abandoned baby Hog Deer was spotted on the busy Chhatikara-Vrindavan Road.
A hog deer, barely a few days old was spotted trying to aimlessly navigate through the busy Chhatikara-Vrindavan Road. Knowing that the tiny animal was in danger of being hit by a speeding vehicle, a concerned passer-by took quick action by calling the Forest department for help.
A rescue team was promptly dispatched and upon arrival thought it best to wait for the mother to return but when she failed to do so, they decided to transfer the deer to the Wildlife SOS rescue facility where it can receive proper care under close observation. Identified as a male, the deer is estimated to be approx. twenty days old.
Mukesh Kumar Meena, Range Forest Officer-Mathura, said, “We received the call from a local resident. Despite waiting for several hours, the mother was nowhere to be found. Since, the deer needed expert care, we decided to place it in the safe hands of the Wildlife SOS team.”
Dr. Ilayaraja, Wildlife SOS Deputy Director, Veterinary Services said, “The deer is under immense stress and we are providing him intensive care. Our animal care unit is fostering the baby and keeping a close eye on his activities. Slowly, the fawn will start adapting itself to the natural environment.”
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS said, “The deer is barely a few days old and is incapable of eating and surviving on its own. We plan on reintroducing him to the wild once he has matured to a more adaptable age. We are happy to see people expressing such compassion towards this helpless baby.”
The Indian Hog Deer (Axis porcinus) is listed as an ‘Endangered’ species in the IUCN Red List. They are found in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and their habitat varies from wet and tall grasslands to swamp, riverine areas. This species gets its name from the hog-like way it runs through the forests with the head hung low instead of leaping, like most other deer.”
Wildlife SOS (WSOS) is a non-profit charity established in 1998 with the primary objective of rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in distress across India. We actively run wildlife and nature protection projects to promote conservation, combat poaching & illegal wildlife trade. We also work in partnership with the Government and indigenous communities to create sustainable, alternate livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities