This beautiful deer fawn was found in the Langford area, wandering all alone near a busy road. The fawn was vocalizing and calling out for his mother but she was nowhere to be found. A kind member of the public called Wild ARC to find out how to properly assist the deer fawn and followed the advice of staff. Staff asked the finder to move the deer to safety and leave him overnight, in hopes that mom would return for her baby, as they usually do at dusk or dawn after humans have left the area. Unfortunately, she did not return, so the deer fawn was brought in to Wild ARC for care.
As this deer fawn is very young, he will need to remain at Wild ARC over the summer to be fed and cared for until he is old enough to be released back into the wild and can survive on his own. He will require expensive formula and food, including browse, as well as constant care and check-ups by rehabilitation staff as he is being raised. It is important that our staff follow specific protocols such as wearing special gear and limiting interaction with the fawn, so he does not lose that healthy fear of humans. Following these protocols is time consuming, meticulous work and takes a group of trained staff and practicum students to make sure that his rehabilitation is successful.
If you see a deer fawn that looks to be in distress or orphaned, please make sure to call Wild ARC, or a local rehabilitation center to assess the situation. We want to make sure a deer fawn is in fact needing assistance and not being taken away from its mom unnecessarily. Please consider helping us care for this beautiful fawn as he will be at Wild ARC throughout the summer and the cost to raise him will be significant. It is the support of the community that makes the work we do possible, thank you!!