A deer fawn rescued in Tsirang

mmexport147602766422910 October 2016, Thimphu: Forest officials rescued a female deer fawn aged less than a year, from an unidentified predator which looked like a cat species at 4 PM on 7 October 2016. A group of forest officials were on patrolling in the Reserboo forest, Medrelgang gewog in Tsirang when they encountered a fawn being pursued by a predator, which ran away after seeing them.

They carried the fawn and is being currently kept at a improvised rescue enclosure at Mendrelgang forest beat office. According a Sr. Forest Ranger, Kinley of Mendrelgang beat office, the fawn is being fed with grass and cow’s milk. “It has sustained not much of injury except for a small one on its nose,” said Kinley, adding the fawn for now is feeding well. “It nibbles the tender grass we feed and drank the cow’s milk,” said Kinley.

They suspect that it might have got separated from the mother deer when the predator attacked. “We suspect, they fled from the predator and doing so, the fawn lagged behind and got separated,” shared another official.  “It looks healthy but without the protection of its mother, it could become easy prey for other predators,” said the official. Hence, the fawn was brought to the beat office.

However, the officials shared that the beat office doesn’t have the facilities to raise such rescued animals. “We have neither the facilities nor the expertise. So, prolonging its stay here may kill it.” Hence, they said they are preparing it to be translocated to Wildlife Rescue Centre at Taba where they have the expertise and the facilities.

Reported by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS

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