Wild baby animals can’t survive in the wild without their mother’s protection. To survive, they must face many challenges by escaping from nature and humans(predators and poachers). Unfortunately, some are rejected by their own mothers. Surprisingly, the reason is that they look different from others in their colony. Skin, hair, or patterns on their bodies – these make them different.
This is the case of Dragon the baby deer in this story. The fawn is very rare as he has a white piebald face and belly. Only around 1% of deer have these features.
The adorable fawn faced the same fate – abandoned by his mother. Fortunately, some kind-hearted people at Deer Tracks Junction, an animal farm in Cedar Springs, Michigan spotted the deer and rescued him.
Dragon found a new home and had good days there. He received true love and attention from humans at the farm. The young boy even became the star there.
However, being a piebald means that parts of Dragon’s body have no pigmentation. This caused him to experience various health problems. The baby deer can’t hear or see as well as a regular deer. He also has a weak immune system.
Additionally, the white-faced fawn is easy to be found by predators in the wild. The white parts on his body are so conspicuous. The special creature needs to be tough to survive.
Unfortunately, Dragon couldn’t celebrate his first birthday. The cute baby deer passed away just a few days before his day due to health problems. Hilary Powell of Deer Tracks Junction wrote on Facebook:
“Well, sadly, this is an update that I never wanted to have to make. Despite all medical intervention available, we lost our little Dragon. It has been a tough time here, and he will be greatly missed by all.”