Man Sees Doe Abandon An Injured Fawn, Rescues It

Jan 22, 2016 By Herbert Collier

As beautiful as nature is, things aren't always the sunshine and lollipops that we commonly see in YouTube videos. In the circle of life, death is always present, and sometimes hard choices have to made in the name of survival. Decisions like these are almost unconscionable, but given the context of living in the wild, choices like these are a fact of life.

Take the story in this video for instance. To this mother doe, nothing means more to her than the survival of her twin fawns. However, one of the twins happened to have severely injured its leg. The injury may not seem that significant to us, but to wild animals, it can jeopardize the survival of the entire family. In an article for PBS, professor of biology Doug Mock explains, "Animal parents have limited resources to dedicate to their offspring, he said, and if the baby is sick or weak, carnivores have been known to consume babies or abandon them." The simple reasoning behind this is that the special care required to take care of an injured or sick baby can put the entire herd at risk.

Luckily for the fawn in this video, the tragic scene was witnessed by a very compassionate man named Darius. Darius knew something had to be done, so he began to take care and rehabilitate the fawn after it was left behind. Darius stated in the video’s description, "I do not support keeping wild animals as pets, but this was a special situation. The baby deer was healed and released back to her real mother." A random chance encounter ended up being a life-changing experience for both Darius and the fawn.

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