How I saved the lives of 49 darling fawns… warning, get kleenex!

Working on staff at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation was an extraordinary experience. I got to be up close and personal with all kinds of wildlife, from deer to racoons to opossums to owls to panthers and bears, oh my!

One day it was evening fawn feeding time and I was walking down the path carrying 4 big white buckets filled to the brim with nursing bottles full of creamy rich “mother’s milk”.

There were at least 50 fawns in the large enclosure. All of them were orphans and had been rescued. Our job was to raise them until they were young adults, then to release them safely in areas where they could rejoin existing wild deer herds and hopefully live long happy lives.

On this beautiful day, as I entered the fawns pen, they eagerly ran up and crowded all around Communicating with Wildlifeme. Imagine 50 fawns leaping and pushing each other and dancing with excitement! Many were bouncing above the crowd, trying to head butt me like I was their momma.

Laughing I greeted them, patted their beautiful heads and necks, and then shooed them away so I could setup their feeders and they could begin eating their dinner.

I always used this time with them to inquire as to their health and well-being.  Communicating with animals can reveal the most amazing things!

Sometimes they told me stories about their day, or the newest joke or funny story they’d come up with.

Sometimes they asked me questions or wanted to know my viewpoint on something that was troubling them.

But today?

Something different and unexpected happened. It scared me.

Several of them urgently said, “Bobby isn’t feeling good! Can you help?”

I replied, “Oh no! Yes, of course, I’ll do everything I can to help him. Where is he?”

Despairing of ever finding the one little fawn in the large crowd that wasn’t “feeling good”, I looked around me as the light slowly faded and it turned to dusk.

Communicating with WildlifeThen, like the story of Moses parting the red sea, the crowd of fawns opened and 1 little fawn approached me. The others nosed him as he walked by them in support and a show of caring. It was so sweet!

When he came up to greet me, I asked him to tell me how he was feeling… when did this start… how long had he been feeling that way… and all the myriad of questions that would help me determine how best to help him feel better. (by the way, I teach the art of asking the right questions in the right time and way in The Heart Of the Conversation 7 Step Blueprint for Successful Conversations With Animals Course)

He told me he had a headache, and his nose was snotty and runny. He was achy and had a tummy ache too. And sometimes he felt shivery.

Poor little guy, he was miserable.

I petted him and offered him comfort, then I told him I had to go tell Tim, the Director. Tim would know just what to do to help him feel better.

So I gathered up all the empty milk bottles and headed back to the big house. Then I went in search of Tim.

I found him in the work area and quickly told him the tale. Astonished, he looked at me for a minute with wide eyes. He wasn’t sure he believed in animal communication, but it was pretty amazing. Challenging me, he asked me to take a can of purple spray dye to mark the ill fawn and go put a mark on his coat so Tim could easily find him later.

I trudged back, all the way out to the fawn pen again and entered the gate, wondering how I would ever find him again in the dark. The other fawns, as usual, crowded around me and were glad to see me.

I connected with my heart, centered myself, and called for Bobby to come to me please. Then I waited…

To my delight, in just a few minutes, here came little Bobby!

Trustingly, he walked up and put his head in my hand. I told him that we were working to find a way to help him feel better. First, we needed to put a pretty purple mark on his beautiful coat so Tim could find him.

He asked why he had to have a purple mark? I told him, it was sad but Tim couldn’t hear him like I could. Because even though Tim was the animal caretaker and director of the entire operation, he hadn’t taken the time to learn how to communicate with the animals. That meant he would be unable to hear Bobby’s voice, so he needed Bobby to help him understand.

Patiently, Bobby agreed and waited silently while I sprayed the purple dye. I told the other fawns that Bobby’s purple mark was very special.

Then I explained to Bobby that Tim would be out later to find him and figure out what to do to help him.human animal communication

And so it was.

When my shift was over, I went home. It was my “weekend” so I got to take a couple of days off work. Every day until I went back to work I prayed for him and I communicated with him.

The next workday, I looked for him but didn’t find him in with the other fawns.

When I asked Tim, he said that he’d easily found Bobby thanks to the purple dye mark I’d placed on his coat. He’d never seen anything like the illness in deer before, so he swabbed the inside of his nose. He sent the swab to A&M University for them to culture it. We were waiting for the results before deciding on a specific course of treatment.

In the meantime, little Bobby was taken to the ill and badly injured fawn pen.

The sad news is, by the time we got the culture back and had a remedy in place, Bobby died. I grieved his loss, and when I saw the fawns later I told them what had happened. We grieved him together, all gathered in a big circle. The fawns were uncharacteristically quiet and we huddled taking comfort from one another.

The good news is, thanks to the fawns courage in telling me about Bobby’s illness and my ability to communicate with them, he was the only fawn we lost. The culture came back with a treatment plan and all the other fawns were saved.

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  1. Sabina Keenan

    What an incredible and emotional story. I was devastated in Bobby’s death just reading this post. It was pretty amazing in the way that all the other fawns separated though, so Bobby could come forth like Moses. Thankfully, you were able to save the other fawns, because it seems like this was a very close call. Definitely one of the most amazing stories I’ve heard from you Val! Keep up the fantastic work.

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