“With two rehabilitators and a veterinarian here, we could not save him,” they said in a Facebook post. “We went to work on him immediately, gave fluids, warmed him, stimulated him, and he even drank a little deer milk."
In almost all cases, a mother deer will return to her baby by the end of the day. Until then, fawns have the instinct to lie down almost motionless unless their mother approaches — which is also a defense mechanism against potential predators.
“If you pick them up, they will collapse back to the ground because that's what they are supposed to do until their mother comes,” rescuers said. “I do realize that people mean well, but we see this so often that it is very sad.”