After a mild Saturday, temperatures to finish the weekend will be MUCH colder! A system to our west pushes into SE Colorado overnight. Snow showers will be possible by early Sunday morning across the I-25 corridor with a change to rain and snow showers through the afternoon. Accumulation should be minimal as most moisture looks to be light and temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and 40s through the afternoon. The main impact will be the cold along with winds gusting up to 40 mph at times. Click on the 'Weather' tab for more...
As the anxious mama deer hovers over, a Colorado Springs man carefully pulls a fawn from a window well.
After successfully rescuing the baby, Todd Dierdorff, who lives in Rockrimmon on the northwest side of town, quickly places the fawn on the ground next to its mother. On slightly unsteady legs, the baby deer follows after its mom as the pair walks away.
It's a sweet moment, and also, as it happens, a teaching moment.
For those of us living in Colorado, encounters with wildlife are a fact of life. It's not unusual to see deer grazing in yards, spot a bear in one of the city's open spaces or see countless other animals during our day-to-day. But most of us have also grown up be warned not touch a baby animal, because its mother will reject it. So if faced with a situation like Dierdorff, who saw that the fawn was trapped and needed help, what do you do?
11 News spoke with a wildlife officer, who told us that the whole "never touch a baby animal" idea is sort of a myth. If the animal is in danger and it is safe for you to do so, you can touch briefly. The officer said it only becomes a problem if you handle the animal for a long time and maybe feed it. That kind of contact can be harmful to the young animal. The way Dierdorff handled the situation--touching the fawn quickly and then immediately letting it go--was exactly right.
For Dierdorff's part, he said that when he saw the fawn he knew he couldn't just turn a blind eye.
"I thought, 'That's a really small critter and it would never get out of there if someone didn't help it out.'"
To see the full video, click on the video player above this story.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.