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    05-12-2012, 01:43 PM
I do believe it's a male, bummer. I am already tuckered out, it's like caring for a newborn human!
Nope, they can't go to the bathroom on their own. You have to prompt them like a dog or cat would, pretty gross but at least I can keep it in the living room a bit longer without having to trek out to the barn 4 times a night!
When I got him here that was the first thing I did, they will die of toxic shock if you don't get them cleaned out.
He's going to have to be bottlefed until at least 12 weeks old, probably longer.
Right now he has to be fed about 1/2 a cup of milk every 3 to 4 hours, about 7 times a day, that's for the NEXT TWO WEEKS! Then I can back it down a bit.

He's doing GREAT! Little messy during feeding time, wobbly, but appears to be healthy and curious which is good. Fingers crossed! My daughter is at her Mimi's this weekend so I have another day of him all to myself, get him on a schedule, and make sure he's going to live before she knows. Cool surprise huh! I'll give her the night shifts! Just kidding!

Any name suggestions? Something cool, not cartoonish.
I was thinking Pan or Puck, my DH suggested "RX7326 Specimen #1" LOL!!
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    05-12-2012, 02:06 PM
Here is a short video from yesterday, had to get him up and going hence the wiping and petting. It's so hard not to pet the little feller so much, but he's more interested and now I'm using paper towels, have to be careful my hands are super clean so as not to get him sick.
I had to put the phone down to feed him, such a cutie!
    05-12-2012, 02:13 PM
Omg he's so darn cute!!!!! Why can't I find a baby deer in the middle of montreal, huh? Is it so hard to ask!

;) I did find a baby bird once. He fell out of his nest and wandered off. He was playing dead (he was standing though) in the middle of my driveway. I put on gloves and brought him somewhere safe where his mommy would probably find him if she was looking hard enough. My dad didn't' want to let me keep him and nurse him until he could fly on his own. :( Probably wise but I would have loved the responsibility.
    05-12-2012, 02:16 PM
I've never raised a baby bird but I did take in THREE very tiny wild baby rabbits that my neighbors dogs drug home. They all made it! I've heard it's pretty hard to get them to live but they did, now a deer? Oh man!

    05-12-2012, 04:51 PM
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I raised a baby squirrel once, who eventually got loose into the backyard. He came back many times to visit, but I am not sure he should have been on his own in the backyard so young, so I dont' know if he survived the next winter or not.

I like the name Puck.

I also like Pan, short for "Panic" the deer.
    05-12-2012, 05:22 PM
Hope he made it Tiny!

Here are a couple more shots from just a bit ago, all's going GREAT!
Look how tiny he is!

    05-13-2012, 03:57 AM
Word of caution!! It a pity it's not a female. Male animals as pets can become real problems when grown and full of testosterone, plus no fear of humans!!

Pet grown stags are not a good idea! Neither are pet Ram's or pet bulls!!! They are downright dangerous!! Sorry about this but you need to know! I know this from experience!!
    05-13-2012, 09:34 AM
Thanks Carmen!
I know, really bummed it's not a doe. We have two options right now. Contacting a local animal safari on Monday to see if they will take him or doing my best to reintroduce him to the wild. We are NOT keeping or treating him as a pet. I fully respect that he is a WILD animal and I'm treating him as such. Only limited feeding and handling by me, he's scared of my husband. I'm keeping the kid away from him, he's not going to be a toy. We personally have 80 wooded acres surrounded by national forest, we live on a mountain top and most of it is wooded forest. In the valley we have a deer feeder and minerals so hopefully with all the commotion and dogs we can put the fear into him and wait till his hormones kick in and find a yearling buck band. Hopefully the safari might take him.
I've had rams and roosters (I know they are small but they are vicious) so I completely respect hormones and their dangers.
Working on it and thanks for all the concerns!
He is not going to be a pet! But at least he's alive right now and doing very well.
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    05-15-2012, 01:46 PM
Such a cutie :) good job fly!! Let us know if the safari will take him or if you will be releasing... If you are forced to do the releasing ;p please video tape it so we may see :)
    05-15-2012, 02:24 PM
Oh my goodness he is just tiny! Itty Bitty little booger! So stinking cute!

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