Justin called and, in questioning him, there was no mother deer around and the fawn was clearly injured. We do not want anyone to pick up baby deer unless they are injured and no mother deer is around. We only take those whose life is in danger.
Before Danny got to the RLRR shelter, we contacted Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Garrison and they agreed to meet Danny in Motley the next day and take him to the vet for his injuries. Wild and Free provides medical care for injured and orphaned wildlife and introduces them back into the refuge after rehabilitation. We do not condone nor practice domesticating wildlife.
Danny arrived and was given dog milk replacer in a syringe as that’s all that was available. We tucked Danny in a dry kennel and would give multiple feedings until the next day when he would be transferred to Wild and Free.
The next morning at feeding time, I was amazed to see that Danny's right leg had straightened out. It had been dislocated -- not broken! Danny has a bright future as soon as his leg is strong and his wound on his midsection is healed. He will be nurtured at Wild and Free until he can fend for himself. He should be able to be released back to the wild in the fall.
RLRR has sent two other fawns in previous years to Wild and Free, as well as many other species. Thank you to Wild and Free for immediately responding to the needs of injured and orphaned wildlife.