White Tailed Deer Fawn Rehabilitation
It was 3 o’clock am. May 27th. A doe was hit and killed on a nearby highway. She was pregnant with twin fawns who should have waited a few more days to be born. The impact was so powerful, the doe’s abdomen ruptured, and the fawns’ entrance into the world was sudden and violent. One fawn didn’t survive the introduction but his body protected his brother, who was premature and weak, but very much alive.
A Schuylkill Haven Police Officer, Bill Horn, who also happened to be a former PGC deputy, came on the scene. The fawn was fed a small amount of it’s mother’s milk and wrapped in an emergency blanket. Officer Horn then directed that the baby deer be brought to Red Creek Wildlife Center.
Once at Red Creek, the fawn was dried and cleaned and given milk replacement. It was fed colostrum from a nearby goat farm and kept warm. Weighing only 2 1/2 pounds, it was estimated that the fawn was 3 to 5 days premature. It’s hooves were still clear and soft, but otherwise, it was fully formed.
The fawn ate well and precariously began attempting to use it’s legs to walk. Wobbly at first, the fawn gained strength quickly. Within 5 days it has doubled it’s weight and motors around quite gracefully.
Within a few days, this little miracle was joined by 2 others who were unfortunate enough to become injured or orphaned during the early days of their lives.
By August the deer were infrequent visitors and were taking care of themselves. We have seen them several times together since but they are wild animals and never come near us.
The rehabilitation of fawns is time consuming and costly and there is no government funding that supports wildlife rehabilitation. We rely on public support to fund our work. You can help by purchasing fawn related gifts at our gift shop or by sending a tax deductable donation through the link at the top left of the page. Thank you.