Steve Knoop and a few friends happen to come across a cute little, new born fawn in the middle of the road, and immediatly knew they had to do somwthing. “We really should get it out of the road,” says the cameraman in a video Knoop posted in May 2014. The guys chatted for a moment about what they should do, and finally decided to move the baby deer.
That’s the right thing to do, according to the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or VBSPCA. “If the fawn is found in a dangerous place… [it] may be picked up and immediately moved several feet away from the danger,” says their “You Found a Baby Deer” advice page. “Try to stay within eyesight of the original location.” When you finally get the animal to a safe place, try tapping it on the back of the head to get him to lay down. This is an action similar to what its mother would do.
Doe’s or female deers normally leave their offspring alone during the daytime, and when humans come across them, they sometimes assume they have been abandoned. This is not always the case, but if you find a baby deer and it appears to be injured or dehydrated, you should bring it to the closest wildlife rehabilitation center.
The VBSPCA suggests they you check the found or moved deer during the following day, but Knoop and his friends didn’t have to worry about that… their spotted newborn bounded off with its mother after being relocated to a grassy patch on the side of the road.