Every year in May it is the same story: walkers spot a little fawn alone at the foot of a tree and pick up the poor, lonely animal, convinced that no mother of the deer would abandon her little one without the worst happening to them.
And that’s not true. The species is rearing. The little ones stay in their area for several weeks. Mum goes to eat and drink to produce her milk and regularly comes back to feed her little ones. And "thanks" to the walkers, when she returns to her maternal duties, her little one has been taken away!
This is what happened to Bamby, a deer collected by a family of caring hunters, to whom even the dogs are nice. Only, far from his wild life, Bamby no longer knows how to act: human, dog, deer... He eats croquettes and leaves hairs everywhere, but also shares the plate and bed of the man who picked him up.
In many cases, roe deer are quickly abandoned because they are too complicated to feed. Many die quickly from illnesses or become blind.
Those who are stubborn in error live a few months of happiness. But if by misfortune they picked up a male, in the spring, the roe deer acts like a gremlin and attacks those protectors who have to desert the garden.
Fortunately for Bamby, municipal agents detected the illegal presence of the animal in the hunter family early enough to be handed over to the refuge by the National Hunting and Wildlife Office.
Difficult for Bamby to regain his wild instinct, he is given with pellets for herbivore and hay, only Bamby does not understand what to do with it. But little by little, instinct takes over and Bamby begins to prefer his new regime and solitude and finds his place perfectly in the Grand Archevilliers wood.
This story reminds us that it is forbidden to pick up wild animals in nature unless they are injured, in which case they must be taken to a backup centre.