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SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Firefighters found a pair of precious fawns at the scene of the Creek Fire in Shasta County on Wednesday. They were only a few days old.
Before they were rescued, they were observed in a small area of grass surrounded by burned ground, too weak to stand, and very hungry!
"They took their formula this morning and are getting stronger with each feeding. We have every reason to believe they will make it. Though Haven Wild Care goes to great lengths to make certain that fawns are not separated from their mothers or kidnapped, this was not a normal situation. Given the length of time these fawns were without their Mother, and the conditions of the burned area in which they were found, these animals needed our help. We thank Cal Fire personnel for getting them to us and their concern for these animals in distress."
From Mary Belkin, Director of Haven Wild Care Fawn Program in Redding - Thursday 6-28-2017
CAL FIRE called the Haven Wild Care Fawn Program, which is the only non-profit that does rescues in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties. Their director, Mary Belkin, thinks these little guys had been separated from their mother for awhile because they were found ungroomed and uncleaned. She said that's a big clue that the mother was not close by.
Most of the organization's work consists of teaching people NOT to rescue fawns, Belkin said. They constantly get calls from people who found fawns alone, and decided they had been abandoned. It usually turns out that they have not been abandoned at all, but that their mother is off getting food. At that point volunteers request the "rescuers" take the fawns back to where they were originally found.
Fawns need help if you see it moving around, crying for its mother, or if it appears injured, bleeding or ill. Fawns will need a rescue if it is orphaned (you may notice a dead doe or vultures nearby), or if the fawn is lying on its side instead of lying with its feet under it or out in front of it.
Belkin says if a fawn does NOT appear to need help, move along and leave it alone. The fawn will eventually reunite with its mother.
She said the fawns rescued by CAL FIRE during the Creek Fire Wednesday are recovering well and will be taken back out into the wild as soon as possible.
If you see a fawn that needs to be rescued, call the Haven Wild Care Fawn Program at (530) 227-6727 on weekdays, or (530) 241-2550 on evenings and weekends.
The organization is allowed to rescue animals under a permit from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
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