DID YOU KNOW? Des Moines has a LOT of deer, which means ARL Animal Care & Control gets a lot of calls about fawns in backyards and other odd places this time of year. (This little baby was one Animal Control officers checked on this week!) Remember: Mother deer don’t stay by their fawns’ sides like cats and dogs do with their young. Instead they stay away for much of the day and then move their babies when no one is around, typically at night. If you find a fawn, wildlife rehabilitators say it’s best to leave it alone for at least 24 hours. Odds are it’s perfectly OK, and the mother will come back to move it.
That’s what happened with this little fawn, who was seen under a swing set. She was very healthy when ARL ACOs checked on her, so they left instructions with the callers to let them know if she was still around the next morning. She was not, meaning mom probably came back last night, as she normally would, to move her.
You can find more info on what to do if you find baby wild animals at www.ARL-Iowa.org/OrphanedWildlife.
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