A NEWBORN baby deer was discovered in the snow and whisked to an animal rescue centre in Thorrington.

The tiny Muntjac deer, which weighs the same as a bag of sugar, was found by a member of public in their Sible Hedingham garden.

They called Wildlives Rescue Centre in Thorrington asking for advice, and were told to leave the deer where it was.

But when its condition appeared to deteriorate they contacted the centre again and sent pictures to the staff at Wildlives.

Centre owner Rosie Catford said: “When a deer is born the mum usually leaves it in the undergrowth while she goes to find food, so we tell people to leave them be.

“But the member of public sent us a picture of this deer. It had collapsed and looked to be deteriorating, so we decided he needed help.

“We think it may have been the shock of going from the warm womb to the cold snow. He was looking very sorry for himself when he arrived here.

“We treated him and cleaned him up, and he has perked right up now.

“He is very vocal and cute. A real-life Bambi.”

Staff at Wildlives have named the Muntjac Snowflake.

Snowflake will be kept at the centre for about six months. He will be released into the wild when he is old enough to fend for himself.