A Preemie Deer: Would singing lullabies help?


In my work as a clinical musicologist and a therapist I emphasize the use of singing lullabies to preemies as one of the best things a mother can do to stabilize her baby, get her gaining weight, and create a lifelong bond. But what if the preemie is a deer? This little fellow was delivered by Cesearian when his mother was hit by a car. Read on about his amazing early days:
Little Rupert, who is so small he can fit in an adult’shand, was born after vets failed in their battle to save his mother.
At just six inches tall and weighing just over a pound, he is now in an incubator in the intensive care unit at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire. He has only recently opened his eyes. Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles, said: Rupert’s mother had very severe injuries. We brought him out and got him breathing and then he went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being fed by a tube.
Did you try some soft lullabies?

2 Responses to A Preemie Deer: Would singing lullabies help?

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    Glen Woodfin October 21, 2008 at 2:47 am #

    Oh my Goodness! That is the most precious animal I think I’ve ever seen.

    Thank you for taking the time to share the story and photos with us. I thank all who worked to save the mother and this perfect little Bambi.

    Rupert is a doll!

    My friend raises injured deer in her wildlife rescue sanctuary. Here is her YouTube channel:


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    Viv Deighton October 23, 2008 at 4:05 am #

    How absolutely beautiful and so, so sweet. A truly heart warming story and the pictures bring it to life.

    Thank you for the story and thanks to the great people who made Rupert’s life possible.

    I am a chronic animal lover (hence my soon to come website) and anyone who fights for the life of an animal wins my support, respect and admiration.

    Peace and light always

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