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Miracle – The White-tailed Deer Fawn


I wish each friend of Red Creek could step inside and get to know each and every creature that spent time with us. Since this is impossible, I would like to tell you the story of one such creature that touched everyone's heart.

A young farmer was planning to mow his fields. Knowing there may be newborn deer in the field that could be injured with the farming equipment; he rose early that morning to search the field with his golf cart. A fawn, only days old, lay quietly hidden in the tall grasses of the field. The baby did not move and the farmer didn't see it until the wheel of the golf cart hit the newborn deer.

The farmer immediately stopped. His attempts at saving these precious creatures had resulted in calamity. The fawn could not walk but he wasn't sure if it was because of the accident or its age. He didn't see any blood. He decided to forgo his chores for the day and watch from a distance.

Later that day, the baby's mother returned. He could see her distress as she tried to get the fawn to stand. The fawn cried in pain as it struggled to join its mother, and the mother deer was in desperation trying to help. His heart broken, the farmer gathered the baby up and brought it to Red Creek where it was diagnosed with a fracture of the femur, the uppermost and largest bone of the rear leg.

The fawn was rushed to Antietam Animal Hospital where it was x-rayed. Photos where emailed to Dr. Len Donato of Radnor Veterinary Hospital who was not very hopeful for the infant. The fracture was near the hip, and there was a good chance that surgery would be unsuccessful or result in abnormal growth of the leg.

We debated whether to euthanize the fawn right away or try to save it. The baby deer had three huge obstacles to pass: surviving the surgery, proper healing of the leg, and the growth of the leg being normal. There was also a great risk of the fawn becoming tame through the extensive care it needed. If any part of the process failed, the fawn would need to be euthanized and it would have suffered in vain. I looked down at the fawn whose big brown eyes seemed to say, "I'll do my part." We all agreed to try and save the little girl and a Red Creek volunteer made the two hour drive to Radnor.

Dr. Donato worked his magic and placed pins in the fawn's leg. The fawn came out of the surgery fine. The staff at Radnor named her Miracle and it was now our job to keep her quiet and still for three weeks to allow the fracture to heal. The fawn was housed in a small mesh dog carrier with the other fawns and bottle fed several times each day.

As the weeks went by the fawn grew stronger. On the third week the pins were removed and our little miracle girl was allowed free range with the other fawns. She played and romped as a baby deer should and the only sign of her injury was the shaved rear leg where new coat was growing in. She was released two month's later and can still be seen running with her adopted sisters. We can no longer tell which deer she is because the leg is perfect and she runs and jumps straight and strong.

There are many miracles here at Red Creek and many heros. Volunteers, Red Creek staff and veterinarian hospitals like Antietam and Radnor all take a part. But the biggest hero was the young farmer who took the time to save this new life. He is our hero - as are YOU. It is people like you who rescue the animals and support our work that make it possible for miracles to happen.

Because of your support Red Creek can continue to care for every species of wild animal that comes to us. Our number of patients grows each year and we are growing to meet the need.

Please consider helping save more animals like Miracle by making a donation. Each dollar you give is matched by the the Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad, so your donation goes twice as far in helping save animals like Miracle.