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Last Updated: Thursday April 28 2005 09:02 GMT

Dogs take care of rejected deer

Kipper and Mi-Lu
A rare deer who was rejected by his mother has found stand-in parents - in the shape of two dogs called Geoffrey and Kipper.

Mi-Lu was one of two babies born to a Pere David deer at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside. But the mum only showed interest in one of the twins.

Staff nursed Mi-Lu back to health, with the help of Geoffrey and Kipper - who belong to one of the park workers.

Pere David deer, originally from China, are endangered.

At one stage, there were only 18 of the creatures left in the world. Numbers are gradually being boosted through breeding programmes.

The twins were the first to be born in captivity. Staff say they hope that Mi-Lu will return to the herd when he's older.

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