Two fawns are lucky to be alive after a tragic beginning. Early Thursday morning, their mother jetted across Highway 278 in Bluffton, still carrying the twins when she was struck by a car and killed.
“She was hit right at term,” said Dr. Ben Parker, of the Coastal Veterinary Clinic.”The babies appeared to be in great shape and survived the impact of the car, where the mother did not. I suspect the uterus and all of the fluid in there acted like an air bag and protected these babies and kept them from being killed.”
Firefighters and law enforcement officers called upon the staff at Coastal Veterinary Clinic for help. Parker and his staff have helped rescue fawns and other animals before, they say this is a unique situation.
“This is the first time we’ve had a deer killed by a car and the babies survived,” said Parker.
The team is going to continue to nurture the twin fawns, giving them a chance at a normal life.