A Bloomington animal control officer came to the rescue of a fawn who was trapped in a nearly drained in-ground pool.
"The doe and the fawn had jumped in to get a drink and soak in the water and mom was able to go back up to the shallow end and jump out and the fawn was stranded," Animal Control Officer John Carlson told KARE 11.
Carlson rescued the deer last Thursday. The city tweeted out a photo of the deer on Monday:
There was still water in the deep end of the pool, so the fawn curled up in the dry, shallow end. Carlson went into the pool and brought the uninjured fawn up the ladder and reunited it with its mom.
"It is unusual that it would be inside of a pool. We do get quite a few calls with fawns that are laying down in someone's yard," Carlson told KARE 11.
Carlson took the opportunity to remind people that, generally, fawns are best left alone. Wildlife officials have said this spring that if people see a young deer that looks abandoned, it's probably not.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources notes that for the first few weeks, deer leave their offspring in secluded nursing spots because the fawns have trouble keeping up with their mothers. The doe will return every few hours to feed the fawn, and then take it to a new hiding place.
However, in this case, the fawn was in trouble, so it was smart for the homeowner to call animal control for help.
In most cases it may be difficult to tell if a fawn is in trouble. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota shared a video that demonstrates how people can determine if a fawn needs help while admitting an orphaned deer: