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Meet Ivy, an abandoned baby deer who survived thanks to a family of campers

Found alone in freezing waters, she was nursed back to health by the team at Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary.

Found alone in freezing waters, she was nursed back to health by the team at Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary

What started as a peaceful camping trip turned into a rescue mission when one Ontario family awoke in the night to the sound of a crying animal. In the morning, they discovered the source: a fawn — or, a baby deer in its first year of life — lost from her mother and swimming around in freezing water. 

After rescuing the fawn from near hypothermia and death, the family left her on dry land and waited for the possible return of her mother. Once that seemed unlikely, they contacted Monika Melichar of Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary who has experienced this situation all too often in her over 25 years of wildlife rescue experience. Check out the video below to see how Monika and her team of volunteers nursed the small creature, now nicknamed "Ivy", back to strong health with the goal of releasing her back into the wilderness. It may just be the good news story you needed today. 

Found alone in freezing waters, she was nursed back to health by the team at Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary. 2:14

If you come across a stranded wild animal, only attempt to help if:

  • It's apparent that the animal's parents have been killed.
  • The animal appears cold, weak or injured. 
  • The animal appears to be in obvious danger.

Please visit the website below to learn more about wildlife rescue protocols: https://www.woodlandswildlifesanctuary.ca/we-help-wildlife.php

Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit, 100 per cent volunteer-based charity. Every penny donated supports the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife. Their emergency contact number is: 705-286-1133. To make a donation please visit: https://www.woodlandswildlifesanctuary.ca/donate.php

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