Wildlife carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area are caring for a deer that was found hurt on a roadside after a suspected collision.
The team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill, recently received a call-out to the Roe deer which had been picked up by a member of the public after being spotted on the side of a road near Curry Rivel.
“The deer was collected using our animal ambulance and transported back to Secret World where it was assessed by Wildlife Care Assistant Patrick,” says a spokesperson.
“The deer was suffering from temporary blindness, this often occurs in deer when they are involved in road traffic collisions.”
“Later that night the vet from Quantock Veterinary Hospital visited to administer some IV fluids.”
Since then, the deer has been further assessed by a vet, which who has been looking at the scratches on her eyes that were likely caused during the road traffic accident.
“We are pleased to say that her eyesight has returned, however rather more worryingly she is displaying signs of being very tame.”
“The deer will need to stay with us for further rehabilitation to rewild her before she can be released. It is unclear why this deer is displaying these behaviours but it is possible that she has been hand reared and then released.”
“When dealing with any injured or orphaned wild animal it is important that a wildlife rescue is contacted immediately to prevent any issues such as imprinting from occurring. We are hopeful that we can reverse this behaviour but only time will tell.”
Last month, we reported 170 wildlife lovers gathered for the 16th Secret World Wildlife Rescue annual ball. Earlier in the year, the charity also held its popular Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre open weekend which was hailed a success.