These two sets of mockers came in late last week; the older birds were a transfer from rehabber Korey Henderson of Valdosta. They were found in a truck bed…after the truck had been driven some distance and parked in several different locations. No way to renest these babies!
Contributing to my overall lousy mood, LWR had a fawn come in last night. Because of a family member’s dog who refuses to stay out of my yard and away from my deer pen if it’s occupied, I’ve been sending deer calls to other rehabbers. The guy who rescued this baby after finding him in the road and his mother dead on the side of the road called me; I referred him to two other rehabbers and the state list of licensed rehabbers. After several hours and five calls with no responses, he called me back and I agreed to take the fawn until I could arrange transfer to someone else. We’re in the process now of trying to work out a transfer ASAP. I have neither the time, patience nor funds to deal with a deer this year, nor do I especially like having to fend off the aforementioned dog just to get into the deer pen and then have him snapping, barking and digging outside, scaring the fawn half to death. Besides, he needs to be with other deer so as not to imprint on humans. Imprinted deer, especially bucks—and he is a young buck—can be very dangerous when they hit sexual maturity and go into rut, because they have no fear of people and even view them as rivals, to be attacked and driven away.