The deer population increases every spring because fawns are born at this time.
In the first week of life, deer mothers hide their babies in vegetation to protect them from predators. They return to feed their newborns regularly during the mating season (late October to early January).
A fawn stays with her mother for about one year, nursing for about three to four months after birth.
During the spring of 2020, Dawn Rasmussen’s husband heard a baby deer bleating in their yard.
The fawn was named Thor by Dawn and her husband when it ran up to him and stood on his foot.
A veterinarian was contacted immediately after finding Thor, and after a thorough examination, it was determined that he had been abandoned. It is believed that his mother passed away as fawns are not typically left alone alone.
Dawn told GeoBeats Animals that Thor was up and around was a bad sign.
Since Thor was sent back home with them because the vet had no space for him, they became instant deer parents.
Throughout this journey, Dawn made it clear that he would be raised as a wild animal and not as a pet.
To allow him to roam freely and stay outside, they built him a large outdoor enclosure.
Her father would be out there somewhere, and he would come running down when I called him, “Thor, milky,” she added.
If she didn’t come out fast enough, he would wait outside on their deck on a doormat waiting for his milk.
As Thor continues to grow, he has developed a special relationship with Dawn. He is part of a family of deer that lives nearby, including his aunts and sisters.
He now leaves his home range for extended periods, and sometimes Dawn doesn’t see him for a month.
However, he always comes back and hangs out with Dawn.
The bond between them strengthened when he came to her home with a leg injury. Dawn took care of his wound, exercised with him, and massaged his leg.
It is now possible for Thor to run and jump like any other deer because he has fully recovered.
Due to their trusting relationship, the other deer in Thor’s herd are also comfortable with Dawn. If Dawn is outside in the yard sitting down, Thor will come sit with her, and the other deer will also join them.
Caring for Thor has made Dawn appreciate the outdoors more and what is happening around her.
She is now more conscious of the environment and the importance of animals in our world.
My life is so wonderful because Thor is an excellent interspecies ambassador. I really cherish every moment I get to spend with him,” Dawn said.