Deer Rupert: Follow-up


I really hate to post this blog because it made me so sad but needed to pass on the update.  Seth shared the following article with me in regards to Baby Rupert.


Sadness as Rupert the baby deer dies


Tiny Rupert the deer passed away on Wednesday  

The six inch baby who was delivered by caesarean section earlier this week was dicing with death from the beginning of birth after his mother died from serious head injuries.
At just over a pound in weight he was kept in a life supporting incubator in intensive care and was thought to be two or three weeks premature. He had all the symptoms of a premature human baby. His lungs were not inflating properly and problems emerged after he was not able to ingest his mothers milk (colostrum).
Staff tried to give him the milk of a lamb but unfortunately he did not digest that properly because he needed his mother’s bacteria.
Staff knew that he had an unpredictable chance of survival but held onto hope as they tried this method of keeping him alive. It is only their second baby deer at the centre which they have had to deliver by caesarean and so everything was under trial and error.
Founder of the centre, Les Stocker predicted that the odds were against Rupert earlier in the week when he spoke to The Bucks Herald. He said that everyone was worried about him as they had not seen anything so tiny.
Talking about the death, Les said that next time they will try warm milk straight from a goat at a nearby farm. He added: "The nurses are absolutely choked as well as the foster mother who took him on.
"It is all a new science looking after wildlife casualties and this is just one more to add to our experience."

God Bless Little Rupert…a tiny little blessing who touched the hearts of so many…including mine.


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 12:49:05

    So sad.


  2. Ray
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 12:49:28

    A very sad story indeed, guess nature would have taken it\’s course anyway,thanks for the update.
    Hugs, DD.


  3. Curtis
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 13:06:03

    That was a touching story thank you for that.  Hugs to you.  May God bless


  4. m60a3
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 13:08:01

    Yes I must agree it is so sad that this little one could not make it.  His mysteries we as mortals do not understand.  I\’m sorry for the little guy that never got to run.


  5. Unknown
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 13:34:03

    *Big Sigh*  He was unable to get the necessary bacteria from the milk source at the vet\’s office. It\’s very sad. 
    Poor Rupert, he had so much to look forward to in his cutie cuteness after his short lived success story, his tiny little body couldn’t handle the stresses of fame and fortune. Rupert in all your Bambi-like cuteness, you will be missed.


  6. Beth
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 13:37:12

    Very sad.  I am so sorry.


  7. Lizzie-Beth4Him
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 15:01:44

    It is sad.  I so appreciate the kind hearts of the people that tried to save him. 


  8. Patricia
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 15:30:21

    such a little fella…sad story…didn\’t know the babies were born this time of year…he hardly had a chance, did he?…


  9. Angel eyes
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 16:38:26

    so very sad but at least he was loved and gave love in return  angel eyes


  10. Terry's
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 18:18:42

    Aww that just made me cry dear .I\’m such an animal lover and love babies of all sorts .God love the little guy .God bless those who tried to keep him alive .He will rest in peace and be in heaven in Gods garden . Hugs Terry {{{ Rest in Peace Rupert}}}


  11. Patsy
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 19:54:21

    So sorry to hear this.  God Bless those that tried to help. Sometimes things aren\’t meant to be , but being humans we try to help and may we continue to do so. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a good weekend. Hugs, Pat


  12. Kuskulana
    Nov 17, 2008 @ 00:13:21

    I couldn\’t even read this one through.
    I have followed baby seagulls that are so cute and I can even recognize each of them, and then I see their demize.
    It is one thing to talk about statistics, but when it gets personal it gets tough for me.
    So it goes in nature, so beautiful and so harsh.


  13. Rambling
    Nov 17, 2008 @ 08:31:45

    I loved that precious little one.  I did look to see if it was real when I got my first email about it and found it was.  Then I became emotionally invested in Rupert.  God bless his tiny perfect self.  So many wanted him to make it. 


  14. Michele
    Nov 17, 2008 @ 16:34:48

    Awww so sad  =( my heart goes out to him and his care provider. So sad when they go..truly something special in caring for wildlife.


  15. Michele
    Nov 17, 2008 @ 17:28:21

    Awww so sad  =( my heart goes out to him and his care provider. So sad when they go..truly something special in caring for wildlife.


  16. Lady Grace
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 00:07:55

    So sad…it reminds me of how tiny Ana herself was born, also Cesearan and 1 month premature. She was so tiny I was afraid to hold her when we got home. So scare to take care of a tiny baby who could not fit in newborn clothes, had to sleep in a baby carrier, and took bath in a pail the nurses let me take home.


  17. Jilly
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 14:31:50

    Dear Rhonda,
    Thank you so much for your heart felt comments concerning my Dad and your own father and sister. You and I are on the same page and I really appreciate finding you and pray that your sister is doing well.
    When I read your blog about the Little Deer Rupert last week, it gave me such joy and now I am shedding a ton of tears. Life is so precious and short.
    I am working hard to change my life to always be able to BE IN THE NOW, see, feel and experience life and not be trapped anymore in the corporate jungle. Thank you so much for sharing – Jilly


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