Nature Center Rescues Fawn Found at Construction Site


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SMITHTOWN, NY – After an exhausting ordeal, a fawn found on a construction site is settling into her new surroundings at the Sweetbriar Nature Center. 

The young deer was mistakenly taken home by a concerned worker who believed she had been abandoned. Unfortunately, due to the prolonged separation, reuniting the fawn with her family is no longer possible.

At Sweetbriar, their motto is simple: “If You Care, Leave It There.” But when does a fawn truly need human intervention? 

According to the center, several signs indicate that a fawn requires help. These include a known vehicle-related maternal death, an attack by a dog or other predator, being hit by a mower, experiencing diarrhea, attracting flies, or having closed eyes due to a tick infestation. Additionally, if the fawn cries continuously for more than four hours, it is a clear indicator of distress.

On the other hand, if a fawn is curled up, motionless, and occasionally calls out for its mother, intervention is unnecessary. Mother deer can leave their young for up to 12 hours while they feed to sustain their nursing demands.

Sweetbriar Nature Center emphasizes that wildlife rehabilitation is not a do-it-yourself job. In case you come across a fawn in need of help, it is crucial to contact a licensed rehabilitator promptly to ensure proper care for the animal.

The heartwarming story of the fawn’s rescue was shared on Sweetbriar Nature Center’s Facebook page Saturday. 

Located at 62 Eckernkamp Dr, Smithtown, New York, the center continues to provide a safe haven for various wildlife species, rehabilitating and releasing them back into their natural habitats.

As animal lovers, it is essential to understand the signs that indicate when wildlife truly needs our assistance. By following the guidance of organizations like Sweetbriar Nature Center, we can ensure the well-being and survival of these precious creatures in our environment.


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