Animal lovers understand that saving an animal’s life is the same as saving a human life. And, indeed, it is true. Animals too are living creatures and, in fact, they are far more vulnerable than humans, which makes protecting them even more crucial.
But, while people care for stray cats or dogs, take them in, give them food and water and even adopt them in many cases, are they willing to do the same for wildlife? Or, just because those animals don’t wag their tails when they see them, they just tend to ignore them?
The reason behind this perceived-as indifference could be that there is a lot of controversy regarding whether you should help a wild animal in distress or not.
While people tend to think a wild animal in distress is more or less the same as a domestic animal that has found itself in a similar situation, it turns out it isn’t. Experts argue that, most of the time, “the best course of action is inaction” when it comes to wildlife.
As they explain, baby animals that may look lost or in agony, may in fact be just fine and practicing flying (if they’re birds) or wandering around as their mama is looking for food. Their advice is to only take action of the wild animal is obviously injured, trapped, or coming towards you.
Given all the above, it is understandable that many people hesitate to help wild animals when they bump into them.
However, sometimes the right people are in the right place at the right moment, and then “godsent” is what you can say of them without exaggeration.
Like these people who saved a baby deer the other day while on a boat trip.
Liz Ballard and her husband Brian were on a boat trip on Lake Tyler a couple of weeks ago, when they spotted a strange creature floating in the water. At first, they thought it was a fish, as it was mostly underwater, but then they realized it was a baby deer.
As the couple was trying to take the poor creature out of the water, another man approached them in his boat and, when he realized what was going on, he took off his clothes and jumped into the water to help.
Ashton Byrd and Brian Ballard tried to reanimate the fawn, while Liz was recording the whole process.
The two men performed CPR on the lifeless little critter and, much to their surprise, the animal after a couple of tries was brought back to life and was able to breathe on its own again. His heartbeat was weak, as the men commented, but it was alive and this is all that mattered.
“Is this what I thought I was gonna do today?” Byrd can be heard saying in the video. “No. Am I glad this is what I’m doing today? Yes.”
After that, Byrd took the little deer to a wildlife rehabilitation clinic for treatment. There, vets can properly care for it and help it return to its natural habitat when it is ready.
Hopefully, this amazing story will inspire more people to act similarly in situations like this and not let their doubts hold them back. Wildlife, too, needs us- we just need to be extra careful with it.
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How sweet is this!!! Brian rescued a baby deer at the lake. She was lifeless under water. God is good!!!(For licensing or usage, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted by Liz Ballard on Wednesday, June 3, 2020