happyworld - This Rescued Baby Deer Has Three Legs, But These Dogs Treat Her Like One Of The Pack

    Last year in Australia, strangers found an abandoned baby deer alone and in bad shape, with most of her front left leg torn off. As rescuers rushed her to the nearest veterinarian clinic, they had to have assumed this she didn’t have a chance, and who could blame them? Yet the way this deer fiercely clung to life, and the relationships she has built since are a testament to beating the odds, no matter how down you are. If you need that kind of encouragement today (or you just love cute pics of animals), then this story is for you.


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    Meet Rudie, the hero of our story. She was just a few days old when she was found in terrible shape. Rescuers wrapped her injured leg in duct tape on the ride to the hospital to help make her more comfortable. When the vet examined Rudie, she knew that the leg would have to be entirely removed. Deers are skilled three-legged walkers. Keeping what was left of the leg and attaching a prosthetic would have made life harder for Rudie. Like we said at the beginning, Rudie is a deer without a lot of options.

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    Though vets were able to safely amputate the leg, Rudie wasn’t out of the woods yet. She had a round of antibiotics to complete, she had to heal, prevent infections, and then, of course, learn how to walk and run on three legs. Then, there was the matter of what to do with her. Deer have a lot of natural predators, and isn’t going to make it long on three legs. No one said it was going to be easy.

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    Rudie had barely learned to walk when she lost her leg at just two days old. Fawns stand for the first time only 10 minutes after being born. Seven hours later, and they’re already walking. Rudie has to learn to walk all over again, this time with only three legs. She could use a little help. Luckily, someone came to her rescue once again.

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    What better gift for a deer than antlers? The vet that helped treat and amputate Rudie’s leg couldn’t help but fall in love with her. As Rudie got better, it came time to think about finding her more permanent digs. Going back into the wild was pretty much not an option. Rudie needed someone to adopt her. Luckily, that someone was right there all along.

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    Fortunately for Rudie, her vet had a habit of taking in stray animals. It didn’t take long before she agreed to bring Rudie home. At first, Rudie wasn’t sure about the whole car thing. She got used to it pretty fast, and now she’s as comfy as can be. According to her new mom, one minute she’s awake, the next she’s out like a rock. The real test is yet to come. Not all wild animals adjust well to domestic life.

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    I wonder if Rudie misses her deer family? Having a new mom and a new home is great, but deer are social creatures. They appreciate having some extra company when they can. About half of all fawns are born with a twin, and triplets are common. Rudie needs one more lucky break to make her new life complete, and she’s about to get it.

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    It didn’t happen overnight, but the canines in the family ended up accepting Rudie as one of the pack. They didn’t mind that Rudie looked and smelled exactly like a deer. Border collies are herding dogs. Once they accept you as part of the pack, there’s no turning back. Rudie was so excited that she started reaching out to other animals too.

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    As it turns out, Rudie’s heart is as big as a horse. This horse’s name is Joey, and the two of them hit it off. Horses are just as intelligent and compassionate as dogs; they only lack the facial muscles to express their complex feelings. Rudie’s family was about to get even bigger, but she never could’ve guessed who the newest addition would be.

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    When someone brought another injured deer into the veterinarian clinic, Rudie’s mom knew just what to do. She brought her home and introduced her to the family. Rudie was ecstatic about the new addition. Just like the human that adopted her, Rudie is a bottomless pit of affection. In fact, she asked mom to help her give back to the society that saved her. You’ll never guess how.

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    This photo was taken of Rubie when she visited a nursing home in Wodonga, Australia. Visits like these have become a regular occurrence for Rudie. You can also find her at Westmont Aged Care from time to time, as well as several others. Huge smiles spread across the residents’ faces whenever Rudie walks into the room, three legs and all.

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