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Firefighters rescue baby deer from road
Forsyth County Firefighter/EMT Mike McCarthy holds a fawn that was taken in by firefighters after it wandered past Station 14 on McFarland Road. - photo by For the FCN

Firefighters in south Forsyth are being hailed for saving a baby deer from a busy road.

The fawn, which firefighters estimated to be about a week old, was seen wandering toward traffic along McFarland Road midday Monday when members of the Station 14 crew took her into the fire station.

There, the crew nursed her overnight with diluted goat’s milk and named her Lady McFarland.

“It was very scared, of course,” said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers. “There was no mother to be found, but they gave it water and kept it comfortable.”

After consulting wildlife specialists, the firefighters found a permanent home for the deer at the North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm in White County, where it was taken Tuesday morning.

“The petting zoo said it would actually be ideal for them,” Shivers said. “They can bottle feed it and raise it around humans. It seems like the perfect solution.”

Another crew of firefighters reported seeing a doe killed on the side of McFarland Road a few days earlier. Shivers said it was “very likely” she had been the baby’s mother.

“Our motto is protecting life, property and the environment,” Shivers said. “That’s two of them right there that our guys were protecting in making that decision — life and the environment.”