I heard that my next door neighbor was caring for a baby deer. It was found near his pond by a young man who was fishing. It wasn't a case of the mother depositing it and foraging. He was dehydrated/starved and had a major tick infestation in his ears. Tim believed that it was no more than a day old, and he was likely a triplet runt left behind.
I wandered over there just now. They've made a safe enclosure with straw bedding. As he lay there in the straw (I'll get pic), I marvelled that he wasn't as big as an adult cat. Of course his legs were tucked under him, but even then he is tiny. He is being fed from a bottle. He enjoys being held, and I got to both hold him and feed him. They had him inside, and he was laying with Lacy, his lab mix. Those oft-circulated photos of deer and dogs are no anomalies.
Spring is often a cruel time of year where the helpless emerge into the world and do not find it hospitable. We recently had a wood duck pair make a poor nesting choice, that had no other possible outcome than fatal disaster for the hatchlings.
Since the rapture did not come to pass, I guess the harsh realities of life will come to pass. Why that person got any air time, I will never know.
I'll be helping out the Brittany Rescue today, and shuttling a dog a short bit up the road. It is nice to lend a hand.