Adorable Baby Deer Sports Bright Pink Cast After Breaking Leg
An adorable baby deer was treated to a stylish pink cast after being abandoned with a broken leg.
The real life Bambi, who has been named Alex, was spotted limping through Asheville, North Carolina, last month and was immediately taken in by rescuers.
It is thought that the adorable fawn became separated from her mother and then hit by a car, snapping her right back leg just below the hip bone.
At just two months, Alex was then taken into Edith Allen Wildlife Sanctury where she was fitted with the colourful cast and nurtured back to health. Our hearts!
Alex was also prescribed two weeks of rest and relaxation in the facility alongside other animals including deers, birds, squirrels and chipmunks.
"It was heartbreaking to see," said co-founder of the sanctuary Gwen Landt, 60.
"Alex kept trying to run. She had a broken leg but she wanted to stand up.
"Wild animals are amazing when it comes to pain - they keep persevering through it all."
Three weeks after she was rescued Alex is still in her cast, but has changed the colour from pink to purple. She's also gradually being introduced to movement again as her leg mends.
The sanctury is hoping that it will soon be able to release her back into the wild imminently.
Gwen has run the sanctury alongside her husband David and daughter Jocelyn, 24, since 2009.
While Alex was in need of help after losing her parents, the owners are keen to stress that in many cases it is better to leave animals in the wild.
"We are trying to teach people when and when not to interfere with baby animals," she said.
"There are signs to look for. When the mama is taking care of her baby, she leaves it in the ground and it curls up like a little croissant so the mother can go off and find food.
"She leaves the baby because it doesn't have any scent for a predator to detect. People often come across the baby deer and they think, 'oh, it doesn't have a parent, I'll rescue it'. But they should wait to see if the mother comes back."
While Gwen's sanctury provides a temporary home for the sweet creatures, they always aim to let them go again if possible.
Here's hoping little Alex makes a full recovery!
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