TylerPaper.com video ADDED June 21, 2012 at 3:01 p.m. CDT
HENDERSON — The little fawn buck that was rescued by a Smith County Sheriff's deputy and a private citizen after he was hit by a vehicle Wednesday is awaiting surgery to repair a severely fractured leg — a fracture that veterinarian Mary Evelyn Points says could prove life-threatening.
Ms. Points said the little buck is in a splint and may undergo surgery this afternoon to repair the fracture.
“The fracture will heal, that much I am sure of,” she said. “But because of where the fracture is, he has a two in 10 chance of being able to be released in the wild.”
Ms. Points said the fracture is near the animal's ankle and, due to the location, she is afraid the buck will not be able to use the leg to survive in the wild once released.
“We're doing everything we can to help him, and he definitely has age on his side as he is only about two to four weeks old. I love it when animals prove me wrong and that is what we're hoping for in this case,” she said.
The buck was rescued Wednesday afternoon by Smith County Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Hinshaw and passing motorist Robert Quates after the deer was hit by a car.
Hinshaw and Quates calmed the fawn until animal control officer could transport the fawn to the Henderson Animal Care Clinic.
Ms. Points, who took the fawn home to watch it overnight, said the buck is a “heart stealer” being fawned over by the clinic staff.
“Yeah he's a handsome little guy and everyone already loves him. Right now he's hanging in there,” she said.
Ms. Points said after the buck has surgery, he will be transported to a location near Henderson where attempts will be made to rehabilitate the deer.
Unfortunately, Ms. Points said no one in the area, including Caldwell Zoo, is taking bucks at this time.
“We are really pulling for the little guy,” she said.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph will continue to follow this story and will post updates as they become available.
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