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Fawn abandoned in Belleville with deformity gets leg braces, learns to walk

It's believed a fawn found on the side of the road in Belleville was abandoned because of a leg deformity.
It's believed a fawn found on the side of the road in Belleville was abandoned because of a leg deformity.

BELLEVILLE, Mich. – A fawn abandoned in Belleville was rescued from the side of the road when a man found him.

According to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, fawns often appear abandoned, but the mother will return with food in a few hours. That wasn’t the case with this fawn, as the man who found him waited eight hours before taking him home.

The man wanted to raise him, but a friend talked him out of it.

“He had great intentions,” said Jan Zuidveld, a rescue officer at HSHV. “Most people don’t know it’s not only illegal, but also, wild animals don’t make good pets, either.”

The fawn was transferred to Help 4 Wildlife, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Washtenaw County, where it was found that the animal had deformed front legs. A video of the fawn is below.

“That’s probably why he was left behind,” says Karen O’Connor, DNR-licensed wildlife rehabilitator. “I suspect he was unable to follow his mom because his front legs were ‘bent’ outward from his knee joint.”

X-rays done by Dr. Tom Maves at Village Animal Clinic confirmed the deformity, and Dr. Maves made special splints for the fawn.

“He’s doing great! He has learned to walk very well and is the little king around here,” O’Connor said.

Watch the fawn walking with his leg braces below.

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