No I deer that I’m not a dog.
They might share the same wet noses and cute brown eyes but that’s where the similarities should end.
But not for four- month- old roe deer Daisy who really has no I deer she is not a dog.
In fact it’s been a real case of puppy love since she was saved by an animal rescue centre and befriended by the owners’ two dogs.
Now the beautiful creature has developed such a deer friendship with the dogs that she believes she is one.
Daisy and her furry pals sleep together, eat together and play together.
The deer’s hooves mean the only thing they can’t do together is a take walk.
But that hasn’t stopped them becoming best pals at the Foxy Lodge animal shelter where Daisy was rushed clinging to life at just a few hours old.
She was born as her mother lay dying after being hit by a car and was found with her umbilical cord still attached to the body.
Yet to have her first feed, she was taken to the small rescue centre run at the home of John and Tonia Garner in Hemsby, Norfolk.
Born ten days prematurely, initially Daisy was not expected to survive, but railway signalman Mr Garner, 55, and support worker Mrs Garner, 50, set to work bottle- feeding her every two hours.
Living alongside the couple and their 14-year-old son and two dogs Lhasa Apsos Maisy and Roxy in the family home Daisy soon started showing doggy tendencies.
Tonia said: ‘ As she got stronger she started following the dogs around. Soon she was acting just like an excitable puppy, running to the door when we had visitors and climbing onto our laps for a stroke.
‘We never intended to treat her like a dog, but she’s started acting that way because that’s all she knows. The dogs have become like her family, especially Maisy who mothers who despite the fact that Daisy is already twice her size.’
Now the pals eat, sleep and play together.
But while pals tuck into chicken, Daisy’s diet consists of fruit and leaves and the odd dog biscuit. She’s also house trained and proving it really is a dog’s life Daisy spends her evenings on the laps of Mr or Mrs Garner while they watch television.
Mrs Garner said: ‘ Like the dogs she loves human affection. Though Daisy thinks she is a dog, we never intended for that. We treated her like a deer but living with the dogs it’s natural that she’s going to look to them.
‘She copies everything they do and it’s clear they have fully accepted her as one of them.
But because she has taken to the dogs life so well Mrs Garner is aware that it means it’s unlikely she can ever be released into the wild.
‘That is the aim with all the animals we look after but Daisy just would not survive. She hasn’t spent even one night in the wild.
‘She does everything with the dogs expect walks but that’s because she has hooves so we’d need a license to take her out. She doesn’t mind though. She’s just happy to see them when they get back.
‘Living in our home with our dogs is all she knows. But if we hadn’t taken her in she would have died.’
The couple are happy for Daisy to become a permanent part of the family if need be.
She said: ‘ We love her but our emotions won’t come into it, we will do what is best for Daisy and if that means staying with us then so be it.’
So for now the family happily live together also sharing the home and garden with hedgehogs, squirrels, owls, a fox and a ferret.
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