In a state where white-tailed deer are overpopulated in many areas and a nuisance in others, do-gooders are expending resources and effort to “save” three fawns, including surgery for one of them plus the time and effort of a state game warden.
Caring people joined forces to save the fawn, affectionately known as Thumper.
Three fawns, only weeks old, were each separated from their mothers.
“A lot of times with baby fawns, it’s because the mother has been killed,” said Pylar Pinkson, a wildlife rehabilitator.
Someone found Thumper in Wise County, limping badly. After being cared for by two veterinarians and a Texas game warden, he wound up with Pinkson at Furry Friendzy Animal Rescue and Wildlife Rehabilitation in Kaufman. Pinkston then brought the fawn to Rockwall County Veterinary Clinic.
“Just above what amounts to his wrist right here, there’s a clean break through both bones on the forearm,” said Dr. Steve Albers, a Rockwall veterinarian.
A team of veterinarians, including Dr. Albers, will perform surgery on Thumper’s leg Friday. They’ll install screws with a device called an external fixator. That will hold the bone in place, allowing it to heal faster.