June 12, 2013
Not Fawny: Rehabber Says Facebook Photo is 'Total BS'
"Total bullshit!" replied my favorite wildlife rehabilitator after I showed her this photo that appeared on Facebook.
And since she and her husband have taken care of hundreds of whitetail and mule deer fawns (not to mention elk and pronghorn antelope) since the 1970s, I tend to respect her opinion.
"The curled ears are from being in the mother. They usually straighten out in a few days. Sometimes it takes longer. it has nothing to do with not eating. All this woman is doing is encouraging people to pick up fawns that should not be picked up," she added.
Meanwhile, this other photo popped up in both still and video form during the Black Forest Fire on the northeast side of Colorado Springs, which is still ongoing. It was apparently posted by a Facebook user, but it is not on her page now. Go figure.
OK, under the circumstances — a major fire closing in — I might have picked up that fawn too, regardless of its ears.