Injured fawn gets second chance with donated surgery

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 2:51 PM

ROCKWALL –– Three orphaned fawns are getting a new lease on life thanks to a North Texas wildlife rehabilitator. One of those baby deer is injured and will undergo surgery Friday at a Rockwall veterinary clinic.

Caring people joined forces to save the fawn, affectionately known as Thumper.

Three fawns, only weeks old, were each separated from their mothers. 

"A lot of times with baby fawns, it's because the mother has been killed," said Pylar Pinkson, a wildlife rehabilitator.

Someone found Thumper in Wise County, limping badly. After being cared for by two veterinarians and a Texas game warden, he wound up with Pinkson at Furry Friendzy Animal Rescue and Wildlife Rehabilitation in Kaufman. Pinkston then brought the fawn to Rockwall County Veterinary Clinic. 

"Just above what amounts to his wrist right here, there’s a clean break through both bones on the forearm," said Dr. Steve Albers, a Rockwall veterinarian.

A team of veterinarians, including Dr. Albers, will perform surgery on Thumper's leg Friday. They'll install screws with a device called an external fixator. That will hold the bone in place, allowing it to heal faster. Everything will be donated. 

"Being able to go home at the end of the day and say, 'I made a difference, I helped out the animals that can't help themselves,'" said Dr. Albers. "There is a good feeling to that."

Thumper's prognosis is good. Once he recovers, the goal is to place him back in the wild, on private property, where deer hunting is not allowed. 

"It takes all of us to make a difference," said Pinkston. "It's a positive impact we all get to have when we give back and create something that's bigger and better than ourselves." 

And in this case, it will likely save an animal's life that would've had little chance of surviving on its own.

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