OH DEER! “Kindhearted” Trucker Rescues Rare Albino Fawn From California Road
Yolo County, California – Truckers see a lot of things in the course of their day-to-day duties, but one truck driver had the experience of a lifetime when he rescued a rare albino fawn from a road in Northern California on May 30.
Truck driver Garrett Roper was driving down a road outside of Woodland, CA in the rice fields when he came across something he described as “an odd type of goat or albino fawn.”
He knew the weak infant, who was lying in the middle of the road, needed help. With no mother in sight, he brought the fawn inside his truck.
A quick Internet search connected him to Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis.
He texted a picture to Diane Nicholas, president of Kindred Spirits, who confirmed it was indeed a rare albino fawn.
The chances of seeing one of these magnificent creatures? About 1 in 30,000.
While this wasn’t the first time Nicholas had received a call from a trucker, it was the first time her organization had been called about an albino deer.
“We think truckers are great!” Nicholas told Transportation Nation Network in an exclusive interview. “They are such kindhearted people.”
With Roper’s help, the fawn, who is believed to be about three-weeks old, is in now safely in the care of Kindred Spirits. She has appropriately been named Spirit.
Spirit will stay at the rescue until she is old enough to be released. The organization’s mission is to rehabilitate fawns with a goal of returning healthy animals back into the wild.
Nicholas tells TNN that unlike other albino animals, albino deer can lead safe and healthy lives in their natural habitat.
“[Deer] are herd animals. They hang together and they tend to bed down together, so they have eyes positioned for predators,” she explained. “Instinctively, they know how to camouflage.”
Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue receives between 4,000-5,000 calls a year on their 24-hour hotline from people needing help with fawns, many of whom are truckers and campers.
“We’re here to help coach people through,” Nicholas explains. Just because a fawn is alone doesn’t mean it’s been abandoned.
In Spirit’s case however, it was important for the organization to take the fawn in.
“She was found in the rice fields in the middle of the road. There was no vegetation where a mom was hiding,” Nicholas explained. “Mother deer don’t abandon their babies. It’s likely mom was hit by a car and the carcass was removed.”
“The baby was probably on the side embankment, and as it got hungry, tried to move,” where she was thankfully rescued by a good-hearted trucker.
“It touches us so much as volunteers to see the goodness in people to bring us these little tiny creatures that need to help get back into the wild,” said Nicholas.
She also recalled another good-samaritan trucker, who once waited with a fawn for over two hours until Kindred Spirits was able to reach the location and save the tiny animal.
And another, who brought a fawn into his truck in the 100 degree California heat. “He accidentally locked his keys in the truck with the fawn!” Nicholas reminisced. “He broke a window in order to get her out, and was happy to do it. Truckers are great.”
Kindred Spirits is a 501(c)(3). Though they are located in California, they field calls from all over the country and welcome anyone needing help with a fawn to call their 24-hour hotline at (530) 889-5822.
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