A fawn whose mother was hit and killed by a car even before its birth is making good recovery at a rescue sanctuary.
Staff at the Cheshire RSPCA centre said it was a miracle that the baby roe deer survived the collision in Bolton, Lancashire.
The deer hit by the vehicle on Sunday was pregnant with two fawns, which dropped out when her abdomen split open in the impact.
Rescuers were amazed to see that one of the fawns was still alive. It was taken to the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, near Nantwich, where it is now being hand-reared.
Veterinary nurse Sarah Goodwin said: "We really weren't sure how she'd get on, having had none of the benefits of her mother's milk, but things are going well and she's getting stronger every day.
"We're not out of the woods yet, hand-rearing a wild animal is a difficult task and anything could go wrong, but as more time goes by you naturally become more hopeful."
RSPCA inspector Ben Strangwood added: "The fact that this fawn survived what happened to her mother is unbelievable. That there might be a chance of her making it is even more so.
"Obviously everyone has their fingers crossed for a happy ending."
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