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Fawn recovering from broken legs

Rudolph the rescued fawn [Photo: Jeff Moore]
A baby deer is recovering after breaking three legs when it was hit by a car in Buckinghamshire.

The muntjac fawn, which was just a week old, was rescued by Tiggywinkle's animal hospital. Vets there put his three fractured legs in plaster casts.

The little deer, named Rudolph, is now being cared for by human foster parents and is building up strength on a diet of lamb and goat's milk.

Two legs have now healed, and vets hope his third plaster will come off soon.

Experts say the fawn, now a month old, is probably healing quickly because he is still very young.

Les Stocker, who runs Tiggywinkle's, said they hoped Rudolph's legs will be fully recovered in about 18 months time.

Rudolph will then be introduced back into woods close to where he was found.

'A fighter'

Mr Stocker told CBBC Newsround: "I've just seen him. He's putting on weight, he's looking good and he's wonderful.

"We've got high hopes of getting him back into the wild. He's a real fighter."

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