DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina teen rescued a fawn from drowning in High Rock Lake and soon the fawn will be released back into the wild.
Chance Pressley was on the lake with his friends on a Sea-Doo when a couple on a pontoon boat alerted them to a dog in the water.
Pressley and his friends went to check it out.
“As I got a little closer I realized it wasn’t a dog, it was a deer,” Pressley said. “It was bobbing up and down trying to get air.”
Pressley jumped into the water and realized it was a fawn. He tried to get the fawn onto the Sea-Doo, but the fawn was too scared and was kicking. Pressley wrapped one arm around the fawn and held onto the Sea-Doo with the other arm as his friend towed them to shore.
“I called my grandfather to see what I should do and he told me to put it back where I found it. I don’t think he understood it was the middle of the lake,” Pressley said.
Pressley mom told him the same thing.
“I love animals. At first I was upset because I thought he took it away from her mom. Once he explained the fawn was drowning I was ok with it,” Amy Christensen said.
Pressley went to the store and bought a bottle and special milk for the fawn.
The fawn slept outside for the night as Pressley and his mom tried to get a hold of rescue groups.
A woman, who is licensed by the state of North Carolina in fawn rehab, took care of the fawn at her facility and continued to bottle feed him. She estimated the fawn was about three-weeks-old when he was found in the lake.
Pressley went to visit the fawn and said it recognized him immediately.
“I opened the gate and Fred ran right up to me,” Pressley said.
Wildlife experts say Pressley did the right thing by rescuing the fawn from the lake.
If you see a fawn is in the exact same location for longer than a day and bleating loudly, or is lying near a dead doe (likely at the side of a highway), contact a licensed fawn rehabilitator for guidance, according to NC Wildlife. Do not touch the fawn or take it into your possession. It is illegal to remove mammals and birds from the wild without a permit. Only fawn rehabilitators with a permit from the Commission may keep white-tailed fawns in captivity for eventual release. For more information on fawns and other young wildlife in distress, click here.