If you have ever traveled near forest preserves or on the road of the back country, you know deer crossing signs are often posted. It’s not often you wander across one, but the signs are a caution to drive careful and be cautious as these animals are known to be nearby.
A deer can often cause some pretty severe damage to your vehicle. According to State Farm Insurance, the nation’s leading autor insurer, an estimated 1.23 million deer-vehicle collisions occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, costing more than $4 billion in vehicle damage.
A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol is winning hearts on social media for what happened seconds after a deer was hit by a car in Jackson County.
Earlier this month, a car hit an adult deer in the Barkers Creek area of North Carolina. A trooper for the North Carolina Highway Patrol was called to the scene of the accident.
You can imagine that it might have been a situation any experienced trooper would have handled again and again. But on this day, the routine call ended up being not so routine.
The deer, they realized, had been pregnant. Although she died from the collision, she gave birth to a fawn.
Trooper Rocky Dietz found the fawn alive in a ditch and could not walk away. “I had to do something with it to give it a fair chance,” he told The Sylva Herald.
The father of two took the newborn and wrapped it in a yellow cloth. In a photo, it looked as though the fawn’s coat was still wet, fresh from its mother.
Dietz, who from his Facebook page appeared to be an avid hunter, gave the fawn a name: Buckshot. Then he took Buckshot home to his family.
The family gave it goat formula and taught it to walk. It is illegal to keep a wild deer in captivity in North Carolina, and ‘The Sylva Herald’ reported that Dietz would be taking Buckshot to a fawn rehabilitation center.
Coverage of the rescue has won praise for the Trooper Dietz, with many thanking him for not leaving the newborn to die in a ditch.
Community members replied with delight:
“Good job Rocky Deitz!!! You have a heart just like your Mom!” posted Eloise Galloway on Facebook.
“One in a million, wonderful man!” said Shannon O’Donovan.
“That is awesome Rocky Dietz. I hope the baby makes it,” posted Darlene Marie Tiedge on the Sylva Herald’s Facebook page.
June Johnson posted,
“What a caring, honorable act of a MOST KIND HEARTED man. Thank you, Sir, first of all for your service to citizens of N.C. and doing the right thing for one of Gods’ creatures. I always hate to see our wildlife get injured or killed, but I am thankful no human got hurt. Thankful this beautiful fawn will have a chance in life.”
Pat Thomas wrote,
“THIS is what we need more of in this world. THANK YOU Sylva Herald for sharing this heartwarming story, and thanks to the compassionate officer who helped this animal. <3 <3 <3 I LOVE our community.”