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Patient Update: Deer Fawns

Updated: Jan 19

Calgary Wildlife welcomed these young fawns into our care over the summer of 2022. A young White-Tailed Deer was the first to be admitted in late June after being mistakenly considered orphaned by a member of the public. This little friend was kept indoors with the wildlife team to monitor and begin bottle feeding; after a little over a week, he was moved outdoors to have more room to stretch his legs and grow.

Not long after, another young fawn was admitted to our organization after being attacked by a dog and becoming entrapped in a barbed wire fence. This young lady had a little bit more to endure before going outside; our veterinarian treated the cuts on her ears, wrist, and across her body as well as a swollen left thigh. Her wounds were treated for bacterial growth, and approximately one month into her care, she was cleared to return outside.

These young fawns got along immediately and never left each other's side. During feeding time, they are often seen prancing around their corral together. This inseparable pair is almost ready to be released into the wild. Stay in touch with our blog for updates!

Did you know

  • Mule deer grow new antlers every year

  • Disney's Bambi was modelled after a white-tailed deer.

  • Only bucks grow antlers.

  • The white tail's ears can rotate up to 180 degrees.

  • Deer are most active during the twilight hours of dusk and dawn.

  • A doe will leave her fawn alone in a secluded area for up to 12 hours, distracting predators from the baby while she forages for food.

An excellent way to know if an animal needs your help is to follow the 5Cs:

  1. Is it crying?

  2. Is it cold?

  3. Is it coming towards you (approaching people)

  4. Is it covered in blood or insects??

  5. Has it been caught by a cat or dog?

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