A one-eyed deer which was thought to have died after not being seen at its home in a Lancashire nature reserve since earlier this year has resurfaced with a new addition to the family.
Staff and volunteers were delighted after keen wildlife photographer Keith Hayworth snapped the roe deer doe and her young fawn frolicking freely together in the greenery at Brockholes, near junction 31a of the M6 at Preston.
Keith said: “I was wondering if the deer was OK because it had been so long since I’d last seen her. It made me very happy to see that she now had a fawn.”
Lancashire Wildlife Trust campaigns officer Alan Wright said: “There is obviously something wrong with her left eye. We believe it is some sort of growth which would affect her eyesight. That problem has made her instantly recognisable and our regular photographers and recorders did notice that she hadn’t been around for a while.
“We were all concerned until Keith took this wonderful picture.”
Staff have yet to name the deer, but ‘Lisa’ has been suggested, after the late TLC rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
Keen-eyed wildlife watchers speculated that the deer may have been pregnant earlier this year after she was seen to have developed a severe swelling, but when sightings of her became rarer, concerns grew that she may have become ill and died.
“But she is back and it is all good news as she has a fawn and it appears to be happy and healthy,” said Alan. “It has put a big smile on everyone’s face.”.
Roe deer are the most common native deer of the British Isles and are typically found in Scotland and northern England. The main character of the Disney animated film Bambi was originally based on a roe deer.