A Louisiana man rescued a baby deer from Hurricane Ida.
Dan Fears took the woodland creature to his home in Madisonville, north New Orleans, after meeting during the flooding caused by the Category 4 storm. He shared their story on Instagram.
He wrote in the caption: “I’ve always wanted a pet deer. I never thought he would swim to me. Fortunately, we were both in the right place at the right time.
He used the social media update to announce his new friend’s name, writing “Sup Buck! “
Reportedly, Mr. Fears stayed behind to protect the home as the rest of his family traveled to Atlanta as 150 mph winds pounded parts of Louisiana on Sunday.
“He swam in the yard and I was grateful that I left the door open. It swam and I picked it up, ”he told KXAN.
He told a media outlet that he intended to treat the fawn and then find another home for it.
At least four people have died after the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the continental United States arrived on August 29. The wind speed reached up to 150 miles per hour, causing destruction throughout the region.
The independent contacted Mr. Fears for comment.
In 2019, state authorities warned of people taking wildlife to domestic environments after widespread flooding in the Baton Rogue area. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana State Police urged people to contact them if they spot one, instead of taking them home.
“If you see wild animals, the safest thing to do is stay away and leave them alone,” a statement read from them.
There are concerns about human interaction that dampens the odor, which would make their mother, who is often nearby, much harder to find.
Louisiana residents are urged to contact the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries if they find a lost animal.
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