Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A baby deer was rescued outside of a home in Hamlin Plantation off of Rifle Range Road yesterday by the Mount Pleasant Police Department (MPPD). The person who called officers said the deer had been alone in the shrubbery for one to two days. Police Officer Odom took the deer to Mount Pleasant Veterinary Specialty Care where the deer will remain until it is transferred to a rehabilitation center where he will be raised. Veterinary Specialty Care Representative Heather Moore said the deer was two to three days old and in good health upon arrival.
“He’s been eating extremely well,” Moore said.
Referred to as “Baby” or “Rudolph” by veterinary technicians, the fawn has been eating goat milk, a supplement used when deer milk is absent. His living conditions consist of a quiet atmosphere and a fur-like comforter.
Moore deems the mother’s absence as natural, stating that baby deer are often left in safe locations while the mother searches for food. In this case, Moore admits that she’s unaware as to why the mother did not return. She suggests the mother may have been scared by residential activity.
Once the fawn is weaned, Moore said he’ll be raised amongst other deer at a rehabilitation center.
“They do best when raised with other deer in outside situations,” Moore said.
When he is of age, he’ll be released into the wild where he’s expected to live a long, healthy life.
Though he hasn’t been named yet, Moore expressed that it’s likely the fawn will be named after the officer who rescued him. “Odom is in the running,” Moore chuckled.
While MPPD doesn’t get a lot of calls regarding wildlife, Inspector Chip Googe said the department is responsible for the care of all community members, animals included.
“We do whatever we can with the community; whether it’s a human or animal, we try take care of everything,” Googe said.
To report wildlife situations, contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 843-884-4176 or Mount Pleasant Specialty Veterinary Care at 843-216-7554.