Rescued deer proves a hit

PUBLISHED: 17:12 04 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:17 31 May 2010

From left, Bluebell and Joshua and Jacob Crawley-Welch – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left, Bluebell and Joshua and Jacob Crawley-Welch - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A FALLOW deer rescued after being abandoned in the wild by her mother is proving a hit with visitors at Mountfitchet Castle. Six-month-old Bluebell is settling into her new home after staff found her wandering alone on a woodland road close to the castle.

A FALLOW deer rescued after being abandoned in the wild by her mother is proving a hit with visitors at Mountfitchet Castle.

Six-month-old Bluebell is settling into her new home after staff found her wandering alone on a woodland road close to the castle.

Alan Goldsmith, who owns the site, said the deer was being nursed back to health after a sad start to her life.

"We have rescued many animals over the years, but none of them have proved as popular with our visitors as little Bluebell," he said.

Bluebell arrived at the castle in a cardboard box last summer, when a member of the public took the fragile fallow deer in.

Mr Goldsmith said Bluebell seemed eerily similar to Clover, a deer at the castle who died last year at the impressive age of 23.

As soon as she arrived she was befriended by the castle's resident Labrador, Sam, who kept an eye on the vulnerable young deer.

"She must have found it difficult to understand why the other deer chased her away, but she is safe now and free to roam around the grounds of the castle.

"Bluebell has been lovingly bottle-fed and hand reared by the staff and is being gradually nursed back to health."

The young deer is now residing alongside other rescued animals at her new home, including goats, sheep, chickens and other deer.

For more information about Mountfitchet Castle, visit www.mountfitchetcastle.com

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