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Fellow Mortals is more than a place. It is a living philosophy based on the belief that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of our humanity.

White-tailed deer fawn have been born.

Here’s what you need to know if you or someone else finds a baby.

A tiny deer by itself is almost certainly not orphaned.  It is doing exactly what it is supposed to do at this age—lie quietly and still and wait for mother to return.

Mother deer may not be with baby, but she is not far away.  She is watching you even if you can’t see her.

Fawn have been found under picnic tables, on porches, under bushes, next to sidewalks and next to roads.  Newborn and very young fawn are weak and fragile and tire easily.  They lie down when they are tired.

If you stumble upon a fawn lying quietly, leave the area quickly.  Do not touch it, do not tell other people about it.  Keep your dogs away from the area.  By leaving the baby where it is you are keeping it safe and keeping it with its mother.

Nursing takes only a few minutes in the wild.  While she nurses, the doe stimulates the fawn to defecate and urinate.  If there is unusual activity and the doe is unable to go to the fawn undetected, she may wait until humans leave the area before she nurses her baby.  A hungry baby will cry, or bleat—this only means mother is late visiting to feed.

Sometimes fawn lie down in a very dangerous place and must be moved.  ALWAYS use gloves if you have to move a fawn from immediate danger.

Fawn are protected from predators both wild and domestic by their lack of scent and their coloring, which act as camouflage for an animal that is otherwise entirely vulnerable.

NEVER touch a fawn with your bare hands.  The scent you leave behind won’t cause the mother deer to abandon her baby, but it will put the fawn in jeopardy of being found by a predator that picks up the human scent.

NORMAL:  Fawn lies still, it may look at you and move its ears but does not jump up and run away when found.  Its coat is sleek and its eyes are bright.  Fawn does not have a dirty bottom and is not wandering and crying for hours.  Fawn is not injured and is not in a dangerous place.

NOT NORMAL:  Fawn is wandering and crying.  Its coat looks rough, its bottom is dirty.  Its eyes appear dull and sunken.

Unless a fawn is in immediate danger—do not touch it, pick it up or remove it from the area.

DON’T BE A KIDNAPPER!  Mother deer invest everything in their babies.  It is a very sad thing for them to lose them because a human didn’t understand that they were taking the baby from the mother.

We do not have time to answer questions about animal situations on Facebook, messenger or e-mail.  Please call 262-248-5055 and leave a message.  We WILL call you back as soon as possible.  Keep an eye on the baby in the meantime.  We know you care and are concerned.

Thank you.

In one month last year, we received calls about 73 newborn or young fawns that were reported orphaned but that were actually healthy and were kept with the mother.

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Fellow Mortals provides excellent medical care to injured and orphaned wild animals entrusted to the hospital by the public. Fellow Mortals continues to advance treatment for the most critically injured and compromised animals admitted for care, demonstrated by a continued high rate of recovery and release back to the wild.

Fellow Mortals also attempts to limit the number of animals admitted for care each year by offering public education to prevent unnecessary injury and orphaning, thereby reducing the total number of animals admitted.

A small staff of experienced licensed wildlife rehabilitators volunteers much of their time to ensure that care is provided as needed to patients.

Through the hospital’s Wildlife Care Internship Program, Fellow Mortals also provides training opportunities for young professionals entering wildlife-related fields.

Important Notice!

If you have found an injured or orphaned animal, it is absolutely necessary that you get help from a licensed rehabilitator as soon as possible. Only a trained rehabilitator can provide the care that will enable the animal to survive and return to the wild.

For more information, please see our Wildlife Insights.

If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, Call us at (262) 248-5055. Leave a message on our answering machine and we will return your call.

Fellow Mortals, Inc. is a charitable corporation organized under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Our volunteer professionals provide rehabilitative care seven days a week, all year long. Fellow Mortals does not receive any funding from the Department of Natural Resources, any other government agency, or your tax dollars. Donations are the life-blood of the facility.

Fellow Mortals is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to care for native mammals from Wisconsin, and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to care for migratory birds from Wisconsin and Illinois.

For information about the regulation of wildlife rehabilitation & transport, please consult the following links:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/documents/rule.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade & Consumer Protection http://datcp.wi.gov/animals/animal_movement/index.aspx