Fawn rescued after mother killed by car

MINNEAPOLIS (CNN) — A Minnesota man is credited with saving a baby deer’s life.

Bill Schulte was driving through Prior Lake Sunday when he saw a driver run into a deer. He pulled over and realized the deer was pregnant.

“I was like, she’s gone, baby’s in there kicking. I’ve got to do something,” he said.

So Schulte pulled out the retractable box cutter that he uses as a landscaper and delivered the baby.

“It was just nice to see how he come right out smooth, and I just worked his neck, because his neck came out first,” he said.

Schulte then drove the fawn 30 miles to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville.

Licensed wildlife rehabilitator Polly Rixe is now nursing the fawn back to health.

“He’s a good eater,” she said. “He’s growing big already. He couldn’t walk (before).”

Rixe said it will take all summer to get the rescued fawn ready for the wild, but he took a major step when Rixe moved him outdoors.

It’s just one more step in what’s being considered an unlikely success story.

“I wouldn’t necessarily promote people doing that, but I guess for this particular fawn, it’s a happy ending,” Rixe said.

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