Notes from St Tiggywinkles: Fearsome roe buck’s journey to find a mate

The deer on its journey
The deer on its journey

Our experience in handling and moving all species of deer has evolved, from necessity, over many, many years.

Sometimes we are asked to move these nervous, and fragile, animals from one part of the country to another.

Deer that have been tamed and show no fear of people can be very dangerous.

Not the biggest but definitely the most aggressive are roe bucks, with their short but sharply pointed antlers.

This particular roe buck was in a smallish pen in Dorset.

He had been hand-reared and now was attacking his keepers.

They really were in danger of being seriously injured.

I was asked to help out and luckily found a home for this irascible buck at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey.

Here a very lonely female roe was hoping for a mate.

A small team, Sue, Viki our vet, Clare the head nurse and myself set up our largest rescue vehicle with a large Vari-kennel.

Once in Dorset we used a tranquiliser dart to anaesthetise Henry so that we could manhandle him into the vehicle.

Viki then woke him from the anaesthetic and we were on our way to make the two hour journey to Surrey.

The M3 and M25 both did their best to slow us down.

And all the time we were listening to make sure Henry had settled.

He did manage a few bangs to let us know that he was still lethal.

Then we were at the Centre. David directed the car into the roe deer pen where the lonely female was waiting for company. Henry took no time in jumping down from the vehicle.

And in no time in striking up his relationship with his new girlfriend.

They are always together.

Perhaps the pitter-patter of tiny hooves could be on the horizon.