The RSPCA were called on Sunday (June 19) after a homeowner became concerned about a fawn alone in their garden in Bury Road, Market Weston, Diss.
RSPCA inspector Jason Finch carefully checked the young roe deer over and called the local RSPCA wildlife centre East Winch in Norfolk for advice.
Inspector Finch said: “Whilst it may look as though a young deer has been abandoned, actually their mother will only visit them once or twice a day and is out feeding the rest of the time. This could happen at night which means you’d almost never see the kid being tended to.
“Now we are entering into summer it may be more usual to see young deer but unless they are in immediate danger or showing signs of injury we would advise members of the public just to monitor from a safe distance to see if mum returns.”
Young deer do not give off a scent so as not to attract the attention of predators, inspector Finch was extremely careful in wearing gloves when he came into contact with the deer to ensure no scent was transferred.
Fortunately inspector Finch was able to leave the deer in the garden - the RSPCA would never relocate or take in a healthy deer as this is incredibly stressful for them and can result in their death.
If you are concerned about a deer you know is orphaned or in danger you can ring the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)