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Wild Babies

Baby Deer

Safe Handling

Always wear a mask and gloves and avoid unnecessary contact.


Newborn fawns lack the stamina to keep up with mom for the first few days of life, so she will leave them hidden between feeds, returning every 2-6 hours. Fawns have no scent, which helps them stay hidden from predators. If you find a fawn curled up in the bushes, on the side of the road, or even a seemingly conspicuous spot, do not touch it. Disturbing the baby and leaving a human scent behind will leave it vulnerable to predation or abandonment.

If you find a fawn that is laying on its side with its legs stretched out, or it has been crying out for more than an hour, it has most likely been orphaned or abandoned. Take pictures of the fawn and area, follow our Wildlife Capture Guide and contact us for next steps.

What you are witnessing may be perfectly normal behaviour. Look For:

  • Weakness or unconsciousness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Discharge from the ears, eyes or nose
  • Large patches of missing/damaged feathers, fur or shell
  • Foreign objects stuck to or wrapped around the body
  • A deceased parent or siblings nearby
  • Bleeding
  • Open wounds
  • Fly eggs or maggots
  • Cat attack - even without visible or obvious wounds
  • Broken, injured or missing limbs – hindered movement
  • Non-stop shivering or crying

If you see any of these signs, the animal needs immediate help

As a volunteer powered charitable organization, we do not have the means or resources for pick ups or field rescues. We must rely on finders bringing animals in need of care to our facility.

Please do not bring animals to the centre without first confirming an intake time with a wildlife volunteer.
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