OKLAHOMA - Baby deer are being kidnapped from their mothers.
WildCare Oklahoma said it is a problem during May and June, the months when White Tail Deer are having newborns.
Right now, the facility is caring for seven fawns.
Rondi Large is now playing mom.
She softly mimics a mother deer’s calling as she feeds them from a bottle.
"It's just so sad for these little kids to grow up without parents," Large said.
She said four of them, called Left, Right, Blade and New, were kidnapped by people who thought they were rescuing them.
"People are thinking with their hearts and not with their brains," Large said. "There's a mom out there who just lost their kid for absolutely no reason and, then, we have the fawn that will cry for several days for its mom.”
Often, Large said deer will leave their children as they hunt for food.
"Those babies are not orphans. So, please, if you find one of those, hold the memory in your heart and don't hold that baby in your arms," Large said.
She said fawns should only be taken out of their habitat if they are injured, infested with ticks and flies or constantly crying out for their mothers.
The babies at WildCare Oklahoma may not be at home, but at least they are where people care for them dearly.
"We'll do the very best job as we can do as humans, but that can't replace mom," Large said. "When they're released back into the wild, they really are handicapped, because they don't have the street sense, the wit sense to survive as well as the other ones do that had parents, and there's no reason for it.”
The fawns will hopefully be released into the wild this coming fall.
Those at WildCare try to reconnect fawns with their mothers if possible.
However, they cannot if they have been fed something other than deer milk or if they have been around household dogs.
Unfortunately, the fawns currently at the center will not be able to be reconnected with their mothers.