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Fawn transferred to sanctuary to live out life

By Staff | May 25, 2016

A fawn that arrived at CROW a couple of weeks ago was transferred to a sanctuary that will allow her to live out her life. MEGHAN MCCOY

A fawn that was brought to CROW was transported to a private farm in Naples on Monday, May 16, where it will be cared for by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator due its inability to be released back into the wild because of an injury.

Breanna Frankel, CROW wildlife rehabilitator, said a six month old female fawn arrived at CROW a couple of weeks ago. The fawn spent time in the outside enclosure for about a week and a half while it was being rehabbed.

“The difference between our upstairs and downstairs is more of our ICU. It’s where they are getting more medicine. It’s where they are getting radiographed more frequently (and) more frequently on the weighing schedules. It’s kind of an eye on them at all times,” she said. “Our outside program is more of the self rehabilitation process. Outside she is in recovery. She’s starting to eat on her own, starting to move around and being very active.”

Frankel said when she arrived at CROW her front left leg was fractured and had already started healing on its own in the wild, or wherever she was.

“She came in very habituated to humans, so it makes me think someone was trying to care for her recently,” she said.

Unfortunately her leg healed in a way that she will not safely survive in the wild, deeming here unreleasable into the wild.

She said they could not do much for her fracture at CROW since it was already beginning to heal, so they spent time keeping her hydrated and providing her with the right type of supplements, nutrition and dietary needs.

In addition, the fawn also received enrichment through ways of having to find her food with skills she would have to use in the wild.

While she spent time outside at CROW in a flight enclosure, she ran, jumped and did everything a baby deer would do. Although she was exhibiting baby deer activities, Frankel said in the wild she might not be able to escape safely from predators. She said since she is so habituated to humans she would most likely approach one out in the wild, which is not safe for anyone. Frankel also mentioned that it would not be safe for the fawn either because what if she ran up to someone with a dog.

“Since she is habituated, we do interact with her quite a bit,” she said, adding that she will be going to a sanctuary where she will have a lot of interaction with people. “She will be able to safely live out here life there.”

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