A tiny fawn, abandoned on the side of the road in Belleville, was lucky a good Samaritan found him.
Though fawns often appear abandoned, their mom almost always returns after several hours with food. Not so with this little guy. A gentleman from Belleville patiently waited eight hours and, when no adult deer returned, he took the baby home, hoping to raise it as a pet.
“He had great intentions but, fortunately, a friend of his talked him out of it,” said Jan Zuidveld, rescue officer at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. “Most people don’t know it’s not only illegal, but also wild animals don’t make good pets, either.
“We’re happy to help him find a cat or dog,” Zuidveld added with a smile.
HSHV helped transfer the fawn to Help 4 Wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Washtenaw County, where it was discovered that the fawn had deformed front legs.
“That’s probably why he was left behind,” said Karen O’Connor, a DNR-licensed wildlife rehabilitator. “I suspect he was unable to follow his mom because his front legs were ‘bent’ outward from his knee joint.”
O’Connor took the fawn to Dr. Tom Maves at Village Animal Clinic, who confirmed the deformity with X-rays, and created specially made splints for him. The splints are checked bi-weekly as the buck grows.
“He’s doing great. He has learned to walk very well and is the little king around here,” O’Connor said with a laugh.
If all goes as expected, the braces will be removed this week…
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