Examples: [Collected via e-mail, September 2008]
Origins: In September 2008, a muntjac deer that had been hit by an automobile was brought to the Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Haddenham, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (UK). The injured deer turned out to be a pregnant female, and although the hospital staff were unable to save her, they successfully delivered her fawn by Caesarean section. Rupert, as the tiny deer was christened, was just six inches tall and weighed barely a pound at delivery; he was placed in an oxygen-providing incubator and fed via a tube.
Unfortunately, the hospital staff were unable to sustain little Rupert's life, and he passed away a few days later:
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.
Devlin, Parveen. "Haddenham's St Tiggywinkles Fighting to Save Rupert." The Bucks Herald. 30 Septembe 2008. Devlin, Parveen. "Sadness as Rupert the Baby Deer Dies." The Bucks Herald. 2 October 2008. Nelson, Sara. "Introducing Deer Little Rupert." The Sun. 30 September 2008. Evening Standard. "Deer Rupert Is Growing Into Quite a Handful." 30 September 2008.