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Man Saves Fawn With Emergency Roadside C-Section

Last Friday, driver Sean Steele saw a badly injured deer on the side of a British Columbia highway, so he pulled over to see what he could do. Her body had been torn apart, but she was still just clinging to life.

Steele picked up his knife and walked towards the deer with the intention of ending her misery. As he got closer, he noticed a leg poking out of her side. He then realized that she was pregnant - and her fawn was still alive!

While there was nothing he could do for the mother, he realized it was still possible to save the fawn. With the mother near death, the only way the fawn would be coming out was through a C-section. He says he acted “on instinct” as he used his knife to cut out the fawn.

Steele had prior experience with delivering calves, which was fortunate, because he knew exactly what had to be done once the fawn was out. He cleared the newborn’s airway of mucus, allowing her to take her first breath.

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He then cleaned her off with a sweatshirt and put her in the back of his truck. It was crucial to get her the nutrients she needed to survive her first 24 hours of life.

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Luckily, he was able to get her to Northern Lights Wildlife Society, where they gave her colostrum - a special milk full of proteins and vitamins that newborn deer get from their mother. Northern Lights posted on their Facebook page, "We are happy to report that the fawn seems to be unharmed and is drinking her bottle like a champion."

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At Northern Lights, she had a chance to meet other fawns. Northern Lights posted, "Our little male fawn is not sure if he likes her yet. Especially when she is trying to nurse from him, he looks a bit concerned."

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Staff at Northern Lights have named her Friday Steele, and they expect to keep her until the fall, when she will be released back into the wild.

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It's unfortunate that Friday's mother didn't survive, but we're very happy that Sean Steele was nearby to save this beautiful fawn. We're also grateful for the Northern Lights Wildlife Center, who nursed her and continue to look after her.

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H/T: The Dodo

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