Annie2 arrived next. An elderly woman on her farm kept hearing a baby deer cry, so called Keith. Keith went out and had to climb down an embankment to rescue her. She was not injured but very fearful. She is about 2 weeks old. She's been around for about 4 days now and is accustomed to her surroundings and taken to the bottle! Yay! Yesterday, a lady from Madison county called and asked if Keith and Angela were still rescuing baby deer. Keith went and picked him up and fed him immediately and brought him home This little one is three days old. It's his second day here and he's graduated from taking milk from a kitten bottle to a real baby bottle! Angela says the bottle weighs more than him! Just as Angela and I were writing this blog post, Keith came by to say he'd just received yet another call from a lady who said she's been hearing a deer cry. This deer had been hurt by a dog. So off went Keith to go on yet another rescue mission. It's busy around here!
And even more baby deer...
So, while we were at Angela and Keith's helping to feed the baby deer, Angela told us that Keith was on his way back home with yet another deer that had been found by a man about 25 miles away. The man had helped this injured deer and had been looking after him but was concerned that the deer was not faring well. So, he called Keith and Angela. Angela is a licensed deer rehabilatator for Green Mountain. This little deer was in bad shape but he had everyone's support! He made it through 4 nights after he was found but didn't survive. It is even sadder when a little one looks like they will make it but then don't, for whatever reason...
More baby deer!
The third day, Angela and Keith had two new babies. These came to them injured. One was hung up on a fence for hours before it was rescued. The second was one found by a man who found the mother and baby on the side of the road. The mother was dead. Both babies were taken care of on the hour by Keith and Angela but they didn't survive. The very next day, they had a phone call from a woman who was 25 miles away who had come across a baby deer- a buck- who was crying and wandering about by himself for many hours, no mommy around. The baby was named Elliot. He was then 4 days old and was and still is thriving! A baby deer is so fragile especially when mommy isn't around.
Baby deer arrive!
Deer season on Green Mountain has begun again! Angela and Keith have picked up their first baby deer of the 2015 deer season. The first this year is Dotty, a little doe. Dotty came to Angela because her mother was chased off by dogs and she was abandoned. The mother hadn't returned 11 hours later and the baby was crying. So, Keith was called and drove over 20 plus miles to pick the baby up. He looked around the area for the mother but no signs of her and as the baby was in distress, he brought her home. She took immediately to the bottle of goats milk, waiting for her and stopped crying! Dotty is doing very well. Annie was the second baby deer that was rescued. A day after Dotty was found, she was found on a mountain side and was heard by some people- she was crying for a whole day and night. A neighbor found her and brought her home and called Keith. Annie was in shock and dehydrated. Keith and Angela gave her IV fluids, wrapped her in a warm blanket and placed her with Dotty. She looked like she was going to recover but unfortunately she didn't make it. This is the reality of baby deer rescue.
We are the Happer's who have recently moved to Green Mountain, NC. We are neighbors and want to help Angela and Keith with their unique mission of deer rescue and rehab. If you would like to help by volunteering your time or donating please go to this link: