If you have seen Bambi it’s likely you think deer are pretty darn adorable and you would be right!
With their cute little spots as babies and beautiful antlers as adults, deer are what we imagine when we picture idyllic woods and tranquility.
So why not bring that adorable tranquility to your home and keep them as pets?
The short answer is that you simply can’t. While it may seem fun to raise your own Bambi, federal and state laws are very strict on the keeping of wild animals as pets.
Although there may be a few states that will allow you to get an exotic pet license, those licenses don’t normally apply to animals native to the state. It may seem silly, but you have a better chance of keeping a tiger than you do a deer.
While it may not be in the stars for you to have your own pet deer, there may be another option out there for you.
Every year hundreds, if not thousands, of fawns are orphaned when their mothers are killed by either hunters or a deer-vehicle collision.
These fawns have to be raised by someone and usually this task falls on the shoulders of wildlife rehabilitators.
Getting your own rehabilitators’ license can be a time consuming and difficult task, but it may just be worth it.
Not only will you be able to help raise fawns, but also baby birds, skunks, squirrels raccoons, opossums and more could be happily nursing in your hands before you know it!
Don’t take this task on too lightly though, as most mommy animals have a brutal feeding schedule for their babies.
It’s likely that you will be feeding them every two hours, 24-hours a day, for at least the first few weeks, and even then not all of the babies may survive.
The job of Wildlife Rehabilitator is definitely a hard one, it has it’s ups and downs, but nothing is better than the moment you get to release your newly weaned babies into the world to live on their own!
Not sure you are ready to put in the work it takes to get your license just yet? I have good news!
Many rehabilitation centers are desperate for volunteers and foster homes for the baby animals they have in their care.
Go to your nearest rehabilitation center to find out more information and get started on your journey to saving the fawns and other babies in need!