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Injured fawn gets leg set in cast after rescue

Dr. Regina Glanzberg of Best Friends Veterinary Care,

Dr. Regina Glanzberg of Best Friends Veterinary Care, left, and Janine Bendicksen, curator and wildlife rehabilitation director of Sweetbriar Nature Center, hold a baby deer at Best Friends Veterinary Care in Nesconset on June 14, 2017. Credit: Ed Betz

A fawn that was found injured by the side of the road is on his way to recovery with help from two Suffolk County wildlife groups.

The male deer, affectionately called “Bucky” by staff at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, has a cast on his back left leg but otherwise appears to be in good spirits, said Janine Bendicksen, the center’s director of wildlife rehabilitation.

Another rescue organization had called Sweetbriar three weeks ago after receiving a report about the deer in Huntington, Bendicksen said. The fawn’s mother had been killed when she was struck by a car and the accident left the baby injured.

“They don’t do deer, so they asked us,” Bendicksen said of the other rescue group. “I had a young female, too, and you don’t want to raise one by itself.”

Bendicksen said the fawn still had blue eyes when he was taken to Sweetbriar, indicating it was only a few days old. They brought the deer to Best Friends Veterinary Care in Nesconset for help with his injured leg.

“It’s not our specialty by any means but we’re happy to help out Sweetbriar,” said Dr. Regina Glanzberg, the veterinarian who treated the fawn’s injuries for free.

Bucky had a luxated hock, a type of joint dislocation, she said. His leg cast was strengthened Wednesday and while healing has been slow, they are optimistic, Glanzberg said.

He also has a few more months on formula before he can be released. He has gained three pounds since his arrival, bringing him up to 12 pounds, Bendicksen said.

Bendicksen said they are hoping to have Bucky rehabilitated and ready to return to the wild by the end of the summer.


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