Early Friday morning, Robert Lagonera, a Washington Township animal control officer, received a call that a deer had been hit and killed. Apparently, the doe had been pregnant with twins when she was struck. One of the fawns had died from the unfortunate accident but one was still alive.
When he arrived on the scene, he was surprised at what he’d find. Officer Vernon from the Washington Township Police Department was there holding a bloody fawn in his arms. Officer Lagonera shocked at the site asked Officer Vernon if he’d ever done something like this before and his response was, “Nope!” This heroic attitude was the one thing that saved this poor fawn from dying along with its sibling and mother.
At this point, Lagonera began to rub the fawn’s chest to help it breathe. He then took it home to get it dry and warm until the animal could be transferred to a facility where the best care and supervision could be given. He called Antler Ridge Rescue who informed him that the fawn would need to be taken to the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains where it could be put inside an incubator and given colostrum, a type of milk, in order to nurse him and ensure its survival.
Today, an update came through from the clinic that the fawn was doing great and would soon be transferred to Antler Ridge Rescue. Once it reaches twenty-five pounds, it will then be able to be released back into the wild.
Even though the best thing to do is to not interfere with wild animals as much as possible, there are times when interference is logical and humane.
According to Lagonera, this time of year birthrates are high for deer so it’s quite common to see young deer alone. In case anyone finds themselves wondering whether a fawn needs to be rescued, shake its stomach. If there is any liquid in there, it means the mother has recently been around. If not, then the mother may have been killed. Lagonera also stated that it’s best to leave the fawn alone for a day after discovering him just to be sure it has been separated from its mom.