Basil, with us between 2008 and 2019

Basil or Oliver as he was known before we rehomed him (because he looked just like a little doe we called Olive) was a little English marked buck who first came to us on New Year’s Eve 2008 after he was found in a park in Birmingham in freezing weather. He was fully grown then so we estimate that he was born in 2007. We found him a good home but when his partner died he was returned to us, strangely on New Year’s Eve again, this time 2011. He proved somewhat difficult to rebond. He and Plum appeared to be getting along well but then had a fight. Then I tried him with Valleri and Bo. He and Bo fought and so he lived with just Valleri until she died in July 2013. He was not very nice to her:( But then neither was Bo. He was next bonded with Campanula who had him firmly under her paw, much to his surprise. She was not one to take any nonsense, or at least she wasn’t until she became unwell. She came down with head tilt and is sadly no longer with us. Basil was surprisingly sweet with her at the end, giving her lots of kisses, although the balance of power had shifted and he was the boss at the end which made rebonding him difficult as he again was under the false impression that he was king of the universe, but after a few failures he lived with Rose, who clarified the situation for him in no uncertain terms. He was rather stiff during his last year and had had a hernia for several years that limited his ability to jump but he still enjoyed life bumbling around in his enclosure even during the snowy weather in December 2017. But in Summer 2019 a tumour began to grow on his hindquarters which further limited his mobility and he lost condition and began to fail finally leaving us just a month short of the twelfth anniversary of his arrival. It was quite a blow for Rose, despite their not having been the most loved up pair. She has also been here for ten years but is still ultra feisty, we will be lucky to find a new match for her. She has already left teeth marks in several suitors. She clearly doesn’t believe in growing old gracefully!