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.

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

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.