One of the sad things about living in the country is that you get to see nature at its cruelest, turning a deaf ear and a blind eye when things go wrong. It’s also one of the best things, as it gives you an opportunity to intervene if you have a mind to. We had the chance to do just that a little while ago, and to make things even better, it involved a baby deer.
My son and his wife, Missy, were walking the dogs around the property when one of them began barking as if it had something. Missy raced up and found a baby deer trapped inside the fence. The best we could figure was that it was roaming the woods with its parents and jumped the fence to get in, but couldn’t get back out. This theory was confirmed when Missy set it down and it had trouble running. It appeared as if one of its legs was hurt.
We decided that the best course of action would be to try to get it into the woods with the hopes that it would be able to reunite with its parents. With that in mind, Missy took the baby deer and walked across the property then headed toward the woods. She didn’t have far to go. On the front edge of the property, two deer were in the field, as if they were searching. That may not be the case, but it seemed as if it was.
Further evidence of this was the fact that they didn’t run when Missy approached as the deer normally do. She walked as close as she thought she could, then gently set the baby deer down in the grass. It scurried to where the older deer were, then they all ran into the woods.
When you run a sanctuary, you often see terrible things. Fortunately, this wasn’t one of them, and as a result, a baby deer got reunited with its parents.