If you see a baby deer alone, it might be tempting to walk up to it and pet it. After all, they’re absolutely adorable! But that’s actually the opposite of what you should do. In the video below, you will learn the exact way to handle finding a lone baby deer. Chances are, its mother isn’t too far away!
What To Do If You Find A Baby Deer | The Dodo
If you find a baby deer all alone, here are the steps and precautions you should take:
- Whatever you do, don’t touch him (chances are he’s fine). According to Lizzy Scherer, a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator, “When the baby’s laying in your yard, and it’s comfortable and it looks like it’s sleeping, that’s a healthy fawn and it’s just waiting for mom to come back and nurse it again”.
- If you’re worried about him, keep an eye out for mom (but don’t bother her either). Moms protect babies by keeping their distance. So, she’s probably near and keeping a watchful eye. “Predators will smell and see her before they see and smell that little baby laying there,” says Lizzy Scherer, ” Mom is never far away. So, if the baby ever cried out in distress, she comes running in a minute. Always.”
- If the fawn seems injured, call a wildlife rehabber (but still don’t touch him). “If there’s crying involved,” says Lizzy Scherer, “or pacing, or frantic [behavior], and mom doesn’t come after hearing all that, then we know we got to step in and call somebody.”
- Leave the rest to the pros. They know exactly what to look for and what to do. “We always pick them up and make them cry out,” says Lizzy Scherer, “just to see if we can make her mom come, and then if all else fails, then we know we have to take the baby with us.”
These steps will help ensure the survival of the baby deer. But don’t worry, if it comes down to the last step, wildlife rehabbers will always make sure the deer gets back to the wild. Of course, he/she will only be released when they’re well enough to survive on their own.
To find a wildlife rehabber near you, visit this website. Please share to spread awareness!