We have had a terrible and well documented run with liver fluke in the roe here in NW England and SW Scotland. I shot a roebuck this week that had a totally clean liver, the first since 16 beasts ago! We have had, of course a drier (albeit cold) spring/early summer this year.
The roe have been in average or below average condition and had all single kids last year from a total of 35 does in the census from my two main permissions. One pair of twins seen in the Galloway piece but not by me.
The keeper and I at home have only seen 4 kids so far this year but all singles. So, question for the panel is: because the does were affected by fluke in the winter/spring would they absorb one embryo? (That is rather than losing the 2nd newborn kid post natal, I assume the former is correct.)
Secondly if so are they more likely/able to absorb one embryo of a certain sex? Our keeper had heard from some research they'll absorb the buck and give birth to a doe kid which makes sense from a species survival perspective?
Thanks in advance