Baby deer, abandoned by its mother in an Essex village garden, is rescued

Baby deer given to Stansted Mountfitchet Castle

Baby deer given to Stansted Mountfitchet Castle - Credit: Archant

A baby deer abandoned by its mother has taken up residence in Mountfitchet Castle.

Baby deer given to Stansted Mountfitchet Castle

Baby deer given to Stansted Mountfitchet Castle - Credit: Archant

The tiny fallow deer, which has now been named Petal, was discovered in Richard and Lynnette Ellis’s garden in Barnston on Saturday, June 20. The Ellises feared the deer would starve if left alone after her mother failed to return so contacted the castle.

A spokesman for the castle said: “Little tiny Petal was handed over to staff, who have been giving her around the clock care and attention and are pleased to announce that she is doing very well indeed.

“She is being cared for away from the Mountfitchet Castle site until she is old enough to be introduced to the five other rescued deer and live out her life in safety along with all the animals which roam freely throughout the 10-acre site.”