May 13, 2019
So, this happened today. Stick with the story, it has a good ending. 🥰 I live out in the country and today I took a little break from work and saw a post from my neighborhood stating that 2 labs had ahold of a baby deer. They thought it was more than likely dead as it quit crying and was being drug around under an RV. I thought to myself, that is the last thing I want to see is a baby deer being killed by 2 dogs. I went back to work and a few minutes later, a voice in my head said...Kendra Lynn get in your car and go try and find that baby. 😲
I drove around and 5 minutes later I spotted 2 labs in their backyard tossing around a fawn. I heard it crying and saw that is was trying to stand up, only to be pushed back to the ground. My heart was hurting and I knew I had to do something. I knocked on the door, no one is home. I run to my car to get a device I have that gives off a screeching sound, thinking that it would stop the dogs. No such luck. I found the gate to the backyard, it was chained, but no lock. I ran to get the dogs off of the fawn, they parted and let me pick her up.
I held her against me, she must have been in shock, bleeding from the mouth and breathing hard. I made sure to close the gate and rushed to my car to call my wildlife rescue friends. They said she may have broken bones or internal bleeding. I grabbed my neighbor and we drove 35 miles to the rehabber. On my way, I wasn't sure she would make it. I thought, better for her to die here being held instead of being tossed around by dogs.
He estimated she was about 10 days old and was an antelope. The blood from her mouth was one of her front teeth that had come loose from the attack. She had minor cuts and scratches. We put her on the ground and she walked around just fine. His advice was that she was in pretty good shape and she would be best with her mother. He said she may be near where all of this happened. My neighbor made the comment, he doesn't know where we live, finding the herd will be like a needle in a haystack!
We drive home looking for the herd. We canvased the entire neighborhood with no luck. I knew I did not want to release this sweet baby all alone. AND GUESS WHAT? God had his hand in this the entire time....
The herd WAS IN MY DRIVEWAY (far from the incident)! I looked at my neighbor in shock. I got out of the car with my new friend I named Lucky. I carefully put her on the ground and she ran to the herd and they walked away. I MAY have done a happy dance in the street! 😜
God loves his creations! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
May 14th (Day after the rescue)
Oh my word!!!! 🥰 Lucky update!!!! This morning I told my husband that it would be great if I spotted Lucky on my way out for work. I did not have to look far. The baby was between my yard and my neighbors, all alone. 😒 I felt a little sad, thinking perhaps her family rejected her now, but then I thought well, at least she is alive. 💙 I got out of my car to snap a photo and I said, Lucky, where is your mother?
All of a sudden, she was off! She ran down the street and down a few blocks. She was so fast, I followed in my car, just praying she did not get in harms way again. She had ran directly to her mom and started nursing!!!! 🙏
Then they all bounded off in a playful manner!
I've spotted Lucky every day now since her rescue! I'm not sure who is luckier, I think it is me!