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Firefighters rescue baby deer from busy Forsyth County road

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Forsyth County firefighters rescued this baby deer as she wandered toward traffic on McFarland Road on Monday (photos courtesy of the Forsyth County Fire Department). Forsyth County firefighters rescued this baby deer as she wandered toward traffic on McFarland Road on Monday (photos courtesy of the Forsyth County Fire Department).
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga -

Forsyth County firefighters rescued a baby deer who was wandering toward traffic on McFarland Road on Monday.

Firefighters at Station 14 knew they had to help when they saw the fawn heading toward the busy road.  

They ran to the deer, corralled her and brought her back to the station.

"She was absolutely terrified, on her own and too young to be away from her mother. So young in fact that she was unstable on her feet," said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.

She quickly became comfortable with the fighter fighters.  They kept her overnight and nursed her with diluted goat's milk.  They named her Lady McFarland.  

They couldn't keep the deer so they found a home for her here at the North Georgia Zoo.  Experts said she is about two weeks old and in good shape.

"The deer that came in is very healthy there's no problems.  She's acting like a typical baby deer that's kind of wondering where her mother is at,' said Tom Bennett, the North Georgia Zoo director.

Firefighters believe the mother is no longer alive, so the North Georgia Zoo will take care of the fawn until she is ready to return to the wild.  They say that should take several months.

 The men of station 14 said saving the deer is just part of their duty.  

"Our motto in the Forsyth County Fire Department is protection of life, property, and the environment. And that's two of those three right there -- life and a piece of the environment that we've done to do our part to try to save," Shivers said.

The North Georgia Zoo director says it's not unusual for a young deer to be by itself. If you spot one, it's best to just leave it alone, because the mother will often come back looking for it.

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