Firefighter rescues endangered Key deer fawn as it ran into fire

Firefighter rescues endangered Key deer fawn as it ran into fire

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Firefighter rescues endangered Key deer fawn as it ran into fire

Firefighter Jen Shockley with the Key deer fawn she rescued. Photo provided by Monroe County Fire Rescue.

A Florida Keys firefighter is credited with saving an endangered Key deer fawn from a brush fire on Big Pine Key on Sunday afternoon.

Jen Shockley and a crew from the Big Coppitt Key Station were fighting the rapidly moving blaze and attempting to protect a house when the firefighter noticed a fawn in need of help.

“I jumped into the flames and saved the little guy,” Shockey said, according to the Monroe County Facebook post. “He was all by himself and running for his life into the fire.”

The rescued Key deer fawn was later released unharmed. Photo provided by Monroe County Fire Rescue.

Key deer fawn was kept in fire tanker cab. Photo provided by Monroe County Fire Rescue.

The fawn was given oxygen and water, and was kept in a sheet in the cab of a fire tanker truck until the fire was under control. The fawn was then taken to Incident Command around 3 p.m. and was released unharmed into a nearby unburned area soon after.

“This was a unique situation with a fawn and no mother in sight,” the Monroe County post said. “Key deer usually do not need to be rescued because they have evolved over the years and know how to adapt to fires.

“No Key deer have been found harmed and the ones observed appear healthy and not stressed.”

Dan Clark, manager of the National Key Deer Refuge, said the fire was a good thing for Key deer, adding that the new growth that will follow provides nourishment for the herd.

Photos provided by Monroe County Fire Rescue via Monroe County.

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