A wildfire in Shasta County, California left two baby fawns orphaned, but local firefighters came to the rescue.
If we can’t watch burly, soot-covered firefighters hand-feed baby fawns, then what’s the point of living?
Luckily, the Shasta County Fire Dept has got you covered. Their firefighters found two baby fawns in the burnt-out brush of the California Creek Fire.”We just sat down and we heard a little squeal in the bushes behind us,” says Engineer Patrick Buchner. “We found two baby fawns.”
@CALFIRESHU E2463 firefighters found two orphaned fawns, probably less than one week old, today while working on the #CreekFire. The fawns were taken in by the Haven Wild Care Fawn Program for evaluation and care. #CALFIRE #SavingLives pic.twitter.com/SexLkxGDwo
— CAL FIRE SHU (@CALFIRESHU) June 28, 2018
The firefighters were used to dealing with cats, dogs, and humans but baby deer were new.
“We went back to the fire engine, got them in the A/C and one of the firefighters actually grabbed a medical glove, filled it full of water,” said Buchner. “We poked a hole in it and they actually started to drink water.”
The baby deer were only a few days old, meaning they had been born in the fire. They were clearly orphaned – the public is warned not to disturb fawns found in the wild, often their mother is close by.
After they cared for the fawns immediate well-being, the firefighters called Haven Wild Care’s Fawn Program which will rehabilitate the babies so they can be reintroduced to the wild.
Buchner’s going to keep a close on eye on the little babes’ progress. “I was already telling the guys that when I got off shift, I wanted to go down and actually see how they’re doing because it’s pretty cool.”
For more wildfire rescue tales, check out Odin the dog, who saved a brood of baby goats and deer.