By Caleb Hutton
This is an update to another post from today.
Happy to report the baby deer rescued by a state trooper from Bellingham is doing well at a wildlife rescue center in Arlington.
“So far, so good,” said Suzanne West, executive director of the Sarvey Wildlife Center.
The 2-month-old fawn came in to the wildlife center “severely dehydrated” on Tuesday, July 10, West said. Earlier that evening, Washington State Patrol Trooper Scott Brown had responded to a deer fatality near the Northwest Avenue exit on Interstate 5. See the post from this morning for more details.
West wasn’t totally sure if the doe, killed by a truck, was the fawn’s mother. But it’s possible, she said. The fawn also had some minor injuries — no broken bones, but it may have been clipped by the truck.
Workers at the wildlife center don’t name the animals, because they don’t want to get too attached. And they wear hoods during feeding, so fawns don’t get the idea humans will care for them.
“We want them to stay wild,” West said.
If the rehabilitation is successful, it will probably take until May 2013 before the deer can be released back into the wild.
The fawn has a deer buddy to help in recovery, because “fawns don’t do well in isolation,” West said.
(Sarvey Wildlife will accept donations to help care for the fawn, West added. Further updates on the deer can be found on the center’s Facebook page.)
Here are the photos, courtesy of the wildlife center:
By Caleb Hutton
Via scanner traffic:
8:10 a.m. Fuel spill reported near corner of Meridian Street and Bakerview Road. Diesel slick seen coming from Cost Cutter, onto West Bakerview, then onto Meridian. Not clear on size.
9 a.m. “A deer needs to be put down” on Valley View Road.
9:05 a.m. Somebody’s finger got “stuck in the wheel of an ice chest” at the Cascade Inn, 208 N. Samish Way. The finger was turning blue.
9:30 a.m. Deputies contacting someone in or near the Nooksack Falls parking lot to talk about missing person report.
10:05 a.m. White Honda collided with mail truck in the 600 block of Halleck Street, by the Municipal Court building. Nobody hurt. Not blocking traffic.
10:10 a.m. Sounds like somebody struck a “Chevy 15-passenger … Lummi van.” No tones for medical aid.