Baby Deer Left On His Own Runs Up To Family And Begs For Help

Baby Deer Left On His Own Runs Up To Family And Begs For Help

The mating season of the deer is from late October to early January, and it takes almost 180 to 205 days to give birth to a baby deer. So most fawns are born in late May to early June, and it is the time of spring. Hence, every spring, the population of deer gets a boost. 

However, it’s not easy to nurture babies in the wild, so mother deer hide her fawn in deep vegetation, in its early days. She keeps her eye on the baby to save it from predators and regularly feeds it. A mother deer nurses her fawn for about three to four months after birth, and in total, it stays with its mother for almost a year.  

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Dawn Rasmussen shares a story from May 2020, her husband heard a crying and bleating baby deer’s voice when he was outside in their yard. He followed that voice, and a baby deer came running up to him and ended up standing on his feet. 

Baby Deer Left On His Own Runs Up To Family And Begs For Help

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Later they named the fawn, Thor. 

They called the veterinarian for a thorough examination. Dawn Rasmussen determined that the fawn must be abandoned by his mother or his mother had died. Fawns are not typically left to fend for themselves, so it may be that their mother has passed away. 

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 Dawn told GeoBeats Animals, “The fact that Thor was up and around was a really bad sign.” Dawn and her husband asked vets to keep Thor in the shelter home, but they didn’t have enough space. So, they decided to become parents of Thor. 

Dawn was conspicuous in her mind that she would raise him as a wild animal instead of a pet. They created a large outdoor space for Thor, where he could roam around and stay outside.  

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Dawn said that for the first month, she slept outside in a tent with the fawn for his safety. She also fed him goat’s milk through a bottle every three-four hours. She nurtured and cared for the fawn, and also taught him to search for food. 

Baby Deer Left On His Own Runs Up To Family And Begs For Help

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When he was four months old, she left her to roam in the wild on his own, and he kept coming and going. 

She shared that when she calls out ‘Thor Milky’, he comes running down and gets his bottle of milk. He also waits outside on a doormat for his milk, if Dawn becomes late to come out. 

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Now, Thor is two and a half years old, and there has been a special relationship formed between Thor and the family. 

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