For those of you following Twiggy’s story, we thought we should give you an update at the end of this long season. There’s something of a line to be drawn in this tale now, although we hope there will still be news of Twiggy in the future. These pictures were taken 19th November, with Twiggy four days off being six months old.
Twiggy’s now weaned so Peter and Iona don’t feed her any more. Up to now she’s been penned during the day in a large enclosure in a quieter area of the gardens and then allowed out to browse and roam where she pleases at night.
The time has come though to let her make her own way and so she isn’t enclosed at all now and is free to roam. That might mean that she leaves the estate completely, particularly if she hooks up with her wild cousins. Peter and Iona have done really well, against formidable odds, to raise her to this stage, from unborn fawn to independent sub-adult, essentially as a wild creature able to look after herself.
We all hope we’ll still see her occasionally of course, on the fringes of the gardens and in the woodland, as we do the wild deer which frequent the estate. Much as her public love her and great as it has been to be able to see a roe deer at close quarters, the aim was never that Twiggy should become a pet or domesticated animal and that she now lives independently in the big wide world (very big, for a little roe deer!) is the right thing.