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Alberta farmer helps deliver a fawn on B.C. highway

Incident took place after doe was hit by a car

By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content

A farmer from Barrhead, Alberta was trying to move an injured doe off of a British Columbia highway when he realized the animal was pregnant.

Sean Steele and his wife Michele were traveling on Highway 16 to Prince Rupert, B.C. for a family and fishing trip when they saw a deer that’d been struck by a pickup truck.

Steele said the animal was in bad shape and decided to retrieve a knife from his truck to end its suffering. The animal had died before he could move it off the highway, and that’s when he saw something.

“I (saw) the fawn in the uterus twitching,” Steele told CBC. “We saw the fawn’s legs hanging out. We just did a caesarean on her. On the side of the road, I cut the doe open and pulled her fawn out.”

Video by Michele Steele

After delivering the fawn, Steele said he cleaned out its mouth and put grass in its nose to get the deer to sneeze.

The Steeles brought the animal, which has been named Friday, to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society. The organization said the fawn is going to make a good recovery. A social media post said Friday is drinking bottled milk and has the company of a male fawn.

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