Bimbo the deer has lived ten years of its life with Janet Schwartz. She rescued Bimbo after finding the fawn beside its dead mother. The fawn still had mucous on its face and was barely alive herself. After resuscitating the animal, Janet brought her to a vet friend who stated the little fawn had a weak lung and a bad hip.
Bimbo is now pregnant after a friend of Janet’s brought over a buck. It is still believed that the doe suffers from her poor lung. If forced to run too much the strain gets to be too much on Bimbo’s body and she begins to cough heavily.
British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment has petitioned in the past for Janet to release Bimbo back into the wild. In 2009 they sent a letter to the woman demanding she release the deer or face charges and fines. Janet states she will not do such a thing as the deer has become too domesticated and the possibility of survival is low. She fought and won the case, however years later she now receives the same threat.
The ministry fears that if Janet were left to keep Bimbo that the deer may turn on Janet one day, or pass a potentially deadly disease to the woman. With that in mind many are wondering why the ministry is pushing to have Bimbo put back into the wild. Being so domesticated there is a general consensus that the deer would not know how to survive in the wild. So far the ministry has been unavailable for commentary on this issue.