Sean Steele and his wife were on the way to a fishing trip along a coastal highway in British Columbia, Canada when suddenly a car in front of them hit a deer. Seeing that the deer was still alive, Steele pulled over and went to check on her. The fatally struck deer was pregnant.
Steele took his knife and, acting “on instinct,” cut the mother deer’s belly and took her baby out. Having experience delivering calves, Steele quickly cleaned out the fawn’s air channels allowing her to take her first breaths. He then cleaned the fawn with his sweater, took her into his car and headed to find colostrum, a special milk that the newborns need within the first 24 hours after birth.
Sadly, the mother deer couldn’t be saved but her baby, named Friday Steele, now has a chance at life at an outdoors enclosure run by Northern Lights Wildlife Society. She will stay there until the fall, when she will be able to go back to the wild. For now, she “seems to be unharmed and is drinking her bottle like a champion,” and enjoys the company of another male fawn, something she wouldn’t have been able to do if not for Steele’s compassion for a living being, no matter how big or small.