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Notes from St Tiggywinkles: Technology comes to the rescue for Chinese water deer

This Chinese water deer in fields behind Watermead was walking around in circles due to an eye injury

This Chinese water deer in fields behind Watermead was walking around in circles due to an eye injury

  • by Les Stocker, founder of St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham
 

A strange partnership but thank goodness for satellite navigation and a step ladder.

Together they got my team of rescuers in and out of the maze that is Watermead. Our rendezvous was Kestrel Way, backing onto fields where a “medium sized deer” had been watched walking round in ever decreasing circles.

Sounds easy but finding the way to a house in Kestrel Way can be a nightmare. This was where the sat-nav came into its own.

Twisting, turning, avoiding any number of cul-de-sac it got us to Kestrel Way.

Eventually we rendezvoused with our caller and spotted the deer, a Chinese water deer acting very strangely in a field at the back of the house.

A barbed wire fence sat defiantly between us and our quarry.

Once more the latest technology came to the rescue. A step ladder where we could climb up the steps then clamber down into the field. The rest of my team fair shot over the fence while I almost lumbered down the other side into the mud.

Using well tried tactics we soon had the deer netted and safely ensconced in one of our deer boxes. It looked like an eye injury had caused him to walk round in circles.

Then it came, my effort to get back over the fence. Putting one foot on the barbed wire fence I tried to swing my other leg onto that step ladder.

I missed but in some mysterious way landed on ground on the other side dignity just about intact.

All we had to do now was find our way out of Kestrel Way and Watermead.

Luckily, after a few blind alleys, sat-nav got us back to the pub. We knew our way from there.

 

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