Let’s end the posts today with a feel-good piece, just as the evening news always ends on something upbeat after dishing out a buffet of bad news. This story, from The Dodo, is about a man named Darius who rescued a limping, one-day-old fawn (surely doomed to die), rehabilitated it, and put it back with its mother. It was accepted.
The Dodo link shows the whole thing quickly in a series of gifs, or you can watch it on this 16-minute video. The end of the post gives some extra information:
“Since day one I was hoping to release baby deer back to the wild,” Darius said. Over the course of her two-week stay, the deer went unnamed — Darius wanted to avoid becoming too close to her, since he knew he’d have to let her go.
“I really hoped that she did not get attached to me too much,” he said, “because that would make [it] very hard for her to survive in the wild. She would become [an] easy target for hunters and predators.” The wild is full of very real dangers for a deer, but Darius knew that the wild was also where the fawn belonged.
“[I’ve] seen [the family] many times after release, also seen them recently in the fall,” he said. “The mother deer usually does not go too far from the place where she feels safe, so she stays around the area.”
He concluded in his email, “It is [a] very, very good feeling seeing them safe roaming around.”