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Man finds fawn 'hiding' in middle of the road, leaps into action
March 4, 2017
When Steve Knoop and his friends discovered a newly born fawn in the middle of the road, they knew they had to do something. "We really should get it out of the road," says the cameraman in a video Knoop posted in May 2014. The men discuss the matter briefly, then one of them gently picks up the baby to bring it to safety.
That's the right thing to do, according to the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or VBSPCA. "If the fawn is found in a dangerous place... [it] may be picked up and immediately moved several feet away from the danger," says their "You Found a Baby Deer" advice page. "Try to stay within eyesight of the original location." Once in a safe place, get the fawn to lie down by tapping it on the back or head, similar to an action its mother would take.
Female deer leave their fawns on their own during daylight hours, but when humans find them alone, the assumption is often that they have been abandoned. That's not usually the case, but if the animal shows signs of injury or dehydration, it should be brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
The VBSPCA recommends checking on a found or moved fawn during daylight hours the next day, but Knoop and his friends didn't have to worry about that... their spotted newborn bounded off with its mother after being brought to the grass on the side of the road.