Bambi and Some New Health Updates

We know you’ve all been following Bambi’s health journey over the last couple of weeks and we’re delighted to report that she’s doing well and pretty much back to her normal self. She is, however, experiencing some new developments with regard to her right eye. 

You may remember that Bambi has a cataract in her left eye, which receives drops and is monitored regularly. During a recent evaluation, caregiver Tina noticed something a little cloudy in the back of Bambi’s right eye. We began consulting with two veterinary ophthalmologists and they believe, based on photos, that she’s developing a cataract in her right eye as well. 

There are medicated drops that we brought in from the US that, in some cases, have slowed the development of cataracts, and have been reported in several cases to potentially break up some of the cataract. Bambi is now on those drops and is in the process of learning some new behaviors that she’ll need for further testing, like getting used to pressure underneath her eye, and having her eye examined in closeup by a flashlight. We’ve scheduled a visit with a wildlife ophthalmologist who will try to do an ultrasound to evaluate lens damage. Since treatment options are almost nonexistent, allowing time for Bambi to get more comfortable for testing will not have any negative effect on the outcome. 

Other than surgery, which we are not considering at the moment, there isn’t a fix for Bambi’s cataracts. We will wait to hear what the ophthalmologist is able to see and what she says about any other options that might be available. With Bambi’s bloodwork looking really good, especially for her age, some other internal causes of a cataract can be ruled out. Though Bambi may sometimes seem like a youngster, she’s almost 60-years old; many of us know that as we age we might incur more medical issues, both large and small. We’ll update you on her status after her visit next month, once her tests have been evaluated. She’s getting along well at the moment, although she developed a stiff front right leg that is being treated, but did not fully resolve and is more pronounced on some days. Bambi clearly still has vision, and is spending plenty of quality time with friends.


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    Carol says

    Praying for Bambi girl🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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    bo says

    she’s in the best place where she is being loved by everyone who take so so good care of all the animals.

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    Wim says

    Hopefully medication will slow down her eye issues. Strength, wonderful Bambi.

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    June H. says

    Bless Bambi! ❤️

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    Susan says

    Dear girl appears to me to be very thin – or is that just a trick of the camera?

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      Sara says

      She’s definitely a healthy weight. Her appetite is quite good.

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    Bonnie says

    you all will take good care of her we all know that

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    Carey says

    My heart is with this lovely elderly lady (yes I do forget her age, she is young in so many sweet ways) she has come so far in your care, her place in the herd, and delighted me with her care and friendship with Guille. Thank you for this update, I live in hope for her

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Bambi Baby Girl, you are so beautiful. I pray that your cataracts can be kept to a minimum so you have complete autonomy at GSE. I know you have the very best of care and Scott and Kat will do everything possible to keep you healthy. ❤️🐘

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    Lynne Russert says

    Hopefully this is something that can be treated successfully. ❤️‍🩹🫶

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    Merry says

    She is utterly beautiful. What a wonderful photograph. Sending love your way.

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Bambi sweetheart, I’m not supposed to have favorite between you and your sisters but……….I admit you are mine since I saw you in the dimly lit shed too frightened to come out. Hoping the drops help keep the cataract from progressing. Sending healing thoughts. ❤️🐘❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Beni says

    Stay strong, sweet girl…you are so loved by so many.

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    Ahmad says

    I’m glad to hear that Bambi is doing well overall and that her health journey is being closely monitored. It’s concerning to hear about the development of a potential cataract in her right eye, but it sounds like the caregivers are on top of it with medicated drops and consultations with specialists. It’s important to explore all options for her well-being, and I’m hopeful that the upcoming visit with the wildlife ophthalmologist will provide more clarity on the situation. Sending positive thoughts for Bambi’s continued comfort and care.

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