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Last updated: 24th March 2011
First published: 24th March 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Image credit: Les Stocker
As her pregnancy was so far advanced, the decision was taken to give her unborn fawn a chance. Rupert was delivered by Caesarean section on Thursday 25th September .Sadly, however, in spite of intense efforts to save little Rupert by dedicated carers at Tiggywinkles, he died just six days after his birth. An October 2nd 2008 report in the Bucks Herald, noted:
Rupert was very premature and taken immediately into intensive care. He was placed into an incubator with an oxygen supply and heat, and a soft vet bed so make him comfortable.
He was unable to suckle initially and so was fed by tube initially with colostrum to mimic the protective feeds he would have received from his mother.
GUTTED' is the feeling of staff at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham after the sad death of little Rupert a tiny muntjac deer on Wednesday afternoon.
The six inch baby who was delivered by caesarean section earlier this week was dicing with death from the beginning of birth after his mother died from serious head injuries.
At just over a pound in weight he was kept in a life supporting incubator in intensive care and was thought to be two or three weeks premature. He had all the symptoms of a premature human baby. His lungs were not inflating properly and problems emerged after he was not able to ingest his mothers milk (colostrum).