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Suffield police issue warning after fawn brought to department

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Suffield police said a fawn was brought to their department. (Suffield police photo) Suffield police said a fawn was brought to their department. (Suffield police photo)
(Suffield police photo) (Suffield police photo)
SUFFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A concerned citizen brought a 2-day-old fawn to the Suffield Police Department on Tuesday night. 

Most times, officials said they would frown on this practice, but in this case, police said it probably saved its life. 

Suffield officers took turns nursing a baby deer right in the lobby of their police department. It was definitely not a routine shift for officers.

"He hadn't seen a parent with the deer in several days, became concerned for it, and decided to bring it here to the police station," Suffield Police Capt. Richard Brown said.

Veterinarian later told police the fawn's mother was hit by a car.

The deer was taken to a state rehab facility in Goshen where workers are trying to re-integrate it into the wild. Police said he fawn was completely healthy on Tuesday night, but will be in Goshen for at least a few days before trying to go back into the wild. 

Police said they hope it works out, but until then, they suggested anyone thinking of doing the same, should leave it to the professionals. 

"Department of Environmental Protection is always willing to help and have a either an animal control officer or an environmental officer come out and evaluate the situation for you," Brown said. 

Police also posted a warning to their Facebook page that said just because a fawn is without its mother doesn't mean it's orphaned.

"It's actually common for the mothers to leave their babies to protect them from predators," police said in their post. "They typically only come back to the baby during feeding time."

Police said the mothers return roughly four times a day for approximately 15 minutes.

They also provided a link to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's website regarding deer and other "distressed wildlife" in Connecticut.

A similar instance happened in Hartford recently.

In that case, however, police said the fawn's mother was struck and killed by a vehicle before someone brought it to the Hartford Police Department.

DEEP also brought that fawn to a rehab facility.

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