Lilly is a "Big Girl" Now -- We released her this morning - August 29, 2009

Today was a big day for Lilly. After her injuries on Thursday from being in the pen, we decided that we had no choice but to release her and pray that she does well on her own.[g2:84720]

She is still not eating and drinking as well as we would have liked. I gave her a bottle this morning and then wiped away the dried blood around her left eye. Her head still looks a mess, but definitely looks better than it did. Now I am sorry that I did not take any pictures of her injuries the other night. At the time all I could think about was trying to see how badly she was hurt. She had a terrible abrasion to her forehead and there was blood coming both out of her both her nose and mouth. Her eyes had blood all around them, but the eye itself looked good. I now see that she has a scrape running down her back. Something must have really frightened her and in a panic, she must have run into one of the doors leading to the inside pens. I am hoping that it wasn't our Great Pyrenees, Maddie. Thank goodness wild animals have a way of healing themselves.When I finally opened the door to the pen, I thought she would bolt out, but she didn't. I propped it open with a wire cage (all that was handy) and waited. Juana got curious and came over to check it out. Actually I think she was hoping that I had a carrot. She knows that Lilly has been getting special treatment and I believe she is just a little bit jealous. Lilly came out to Juana and then started exploring. The other deer don't seem to mind her so we are hoping all goes well.

I know I am going to be a nervous wreck tonight worrying about her. Since she has the run of the place now, days might go by without us finding her. I am hoping that she will learn the feeding schedule and come back to the house. Who knows she might head for the pen tonight when she gets hungry or wants to go to bed.