A kind-hearted animal lover opened up her spare room for an orphaned baby deer to stay for Christmas.
Tiny fawn Newbie, a Muntjac kid, was rescued last month by a van driver who spotted her in the middle of the road, with blood coming from her nose.
Fortunately the little deer had escaped serious injury but she was thought to have been hit by a car.
Emma Hickey, who works at rescue centre Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre, in Malmesbury, Wilts., took pity on the fawn and brought her home for Christmas.
Emma said: “Lots of cars were going past her and there was this lovely guy who stopped and picked her up.
“She was in shock. I don’t think she had a very good chance being left out there on her own without her mother.”
Newbie is fed on a daily diet of chopped vegetables, with three bottles a day containing cow’s milk, cod liver oil and an egg.
She is likely to be released into the wild after Christmas and the only time she is handled is when she is fed at Emma’s house near Swindon, Wilts.
The kid was separated from her mother when the van driver found her.
He put her under the cover of a hedge but she wouldn’t move and eventually he put her in his van and called for help.
Muntjac deers breed all year round, and can be found in urban areas as well as forests.
A female Muntjac deer such as Newbie could weight up to 16kg.
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