A driver in Minnesota who had stopped to move a dead deer off to the side of the road ended up bringing a fawn into the world.
Bill Schulte saw someone hit a deer with a car on Sunday in Prior Lake, so he pulled over to move it off the road, KSTP reports. To his surprise, he saw a fawn was kicking inside the dead deer, so he pulled out his pocket knife and cut the fawn out.
The deer, which has been named Bambi, is being cared for at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville. The rehab center said the deer was in pretty good shape and is expected to grow up just fine.
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While Schulte's intervention surely saved the fawn's life, wildlife officials took the opportunity to remind people that, generally, fawns are best left alone.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center noted that if people see a young deer that looks abandoned, it's probably not.
The rehab center and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources note 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.
In the video posted Monday, a veterinarian at the rehab center demonstrates how people can determine if a fawn needs help while admitting an orphaned deer. The fawn in the video is different from the fawn Schulte found. The rehab center told BringMeTheNews it has taken care of many fawns this spring and all are doing great.
Deer typically give birth in May, so fawns have been making headlines recently. Last week, police officers in New Jersey found a fawn whose mother had been hit and killed by a car. They gave the deer food and water and then brought it to an animal shelter, where it will eventually be released back into the wild.
A Canadian organization is working to release orphaned fawns back into the wild as soon as possible. Last month, employees at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre took care of a premature deer whose mother had been hit by a car. They put the fawn in an incubator and bottle fed it, without speaking or showing their faces.
Then, when the deer was well enough, they put a radio tag in its ear and dropped it off in a meadow. A lactating deer ran into the meadow with her fawn and seemed to adopt the orphan fawn, according to the Edmonton Sun.