Monday, December 16, 2013

Deer Abby ~ A Guest Post by My Friend Rachael, Featuring Abby The Mule Deer





I got a new animal charge on 11/14:  “Deer Abby” (pictured above).  She is imprinted and was, therefore, deemed non-releasable by a rehabilitation facility.  She is super sweet and is already making a great educational animal at the park.  She was found on a hiking trail in the Bakersfield area when she was about a month old.  The people thought she was abandoned by her mother, so they took her home and made a pet out of her.  PLEASE DO NOT EVER TAKE AN ANIMAL OUT OF THE WILD TO MAKE IT A PET!!  It is illegal to do that, and it sentences the animal to a life in captivity.  First of all, she was -- most likely -- not abandoned.  Fawns sit in one spot for long periods of time, while mom forages and then comes back to collect them.  IF an animal is truly abandoned (for instance, you see mom dead next to it) or the animal is injured, PLEASE take it immediately to a rehabilitation facility.  Those folks are experts on healing the animal and doing it in such a way as to not imprint the animal.  So, it can then be re-released into the wild after it is healed, old enough to be on its own, etc.  As I said, Abby is imprinted and looks to people for everything, so she would now perish in the wild if she were left on her own.  She provides us with a wonderful opportunity to educate people about wild animals and proper protocol when ‘helping’ them.  I’m sure, though, if given the choice, she would have preferred being left in the wild over captivity -- even if it meant a shorter life.  Just food for thought...

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Rachael works as an Animal Keeper at William S. Hart Park, a Los Angeles County park and museum in Newhall, California. Recently, the local paper published an article about Deer Abby, who has adjusted beautifully and has become a huge hit with visitors to the park. When I wrote about her earlier, some of you asked if Abby could ever be released back into the wild. Rachael's post answers those questions. Please check out this link to read the article and see another picture of this sweet little deer: 

17 comments:

  1. Abby looks so sweet, and I'm sure is receiving excellent care! n I'm sure she and Rachael make a good tacking team.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  2. i am glad abby has a protected home. but good advice for not taking in a fawn...

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  3. a very sad and also happy story. what a cutie she is... and i do hope people will listen to her story and heed what it says...

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  4. Va söt hon är, är planerna att sätta ut henne i skogen igen?
    Kram Majsan//

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  5. Oh what a kind loving soul doing a wonderful thing. Good advice on leaving the fawns alone mother cows do the same they will leave there calves alone all day and return later, the calf will never leave the spot they were left in. The Mother always knows where they left them and will always return to that spot.

    Great guest post Inger Hug B

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  6. Sweet, but sad--she SHOULD be in the wild!!

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  7. Abby looks so lovely and I am glad she is receiving excellent care. Rachel has a big and amorous heart!

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  8. I forgot to tell you that your banner is very beautiful!

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  9. Thank you for introducing Rachel( I do remember reading another post with her. Also Abby is a darling.

    You know something? In my culture they have something called (Savaab - e - Jaria ) continuous good blessings. Rachel has earned that by taking care of wild life. The blessings she had earned are supposed to help Rachel's seven generations both younger and older.

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  10. Beautiful photo with a beautiful friend, Inger!...:)JP

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  11. Beautiful little deer and good advice .

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  12. Thank you, Rachael. I learned something from you. If I saw a fawn on its own, I would probably be tempted to take it home, too. Now I know better.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. Rachel's message is so very important. Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. Hi Inger and Rachael .. I'm delighted you're taking the positive out of her unintended capture .. but I feel for her mother.

    We need teaching so much about flora and fauna .. let alone our own bad habits .. so so right ..

    I'm pleased Abby is with you .. Hilary

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  15. This picture is so precious. I'd love to be able to give Abby a kiss right on her adorable nose.
    Would also love to visit this park someday. I so admire the work that you do.
    Thanks for sharing, Inger and Rachael.

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  16. Too many people think they are being kind by rescuing a wild animal. You are so correct.

    in "Finding Nemo", Nemo is "saved" by an Australian dentist, setting off an adventure of epic proportions.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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