KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A fawn became trapped in high water Tuesday morning has been rescued and is now receiving treatment at an area nature center.
Kansas City, Mo. firefighters were called out to East 51st St., and Indiana Ave. to rescue the fawn around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, but despite initial efforts were not able to reach it due to brisk water conditions. Because the creek was so active at the time, it was difficult for the fawn to find footing.
After about an hour-and-a-half, the exhausted fawn had enough room out of the water to lie down, where it remained in the early afternoon before rescuers were able to reach it.
The creek flows into the larger Brush Creek, and firefighters say the water was too brisk to risk a firefighter's life.
"Even though the water's not very deep, it's moving very quickly and could wash someone downstream," said Batt. Chief Jimmy Walker. "There's a lot of debris and broken concrete and rebar down the creek and someone could be severely injured if they got washed down."
The Lakeside Nature Center confirmed that after the deer was eventually rescued, a man brought the deer into their center for treatment. The center said the deer's hooves were nicked up a bit, so they think the deer went in upstream and floated to the point where it was able to hit some high ground. The little deer was wet and tired, but didn't have any obvious signs of major trauma. At this point it's not clear how long the deer was in the water.
The Lakeside Nature Center says they are not equipped to care for deer, so they will be giving the deer to a vet. The deer will then go to a wildlife rehabilitation which specializes in treating deer. If you believe a deer is need of care, you're asked instead to call the Missouri Department of Conservation at 816-622-0900.