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Baby deer goes back to the herd
The twin Pere David deer with their mother
The Pere David deer originate from China
A rare baby deer which was brought up by two dogs at a Merseyside safari park is being returned to the herd.

The Pere David fawn Mi-Lu was rejected by its mother when it was born at Knowsley Safari Park earlier this year.

Park staff say the deer's mother became confused when giving birth to twins as she was only expecting one baby.

The rare deer is being returned to the herd of deer full time on Thursday after being brought up by Geoffrey, a Lurcher, and Golden Retriever, Kipper.

The dogs belong to the park's curator, Nick Ellerton. The twins are believed to be the first twin Pere Davids to be born in captivity.

The breed are originally from China and at one time there were only 18 left in the world.

Rare deer twin in the dog house
27 Apr 05 |  Merseyside

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