Orphaned white-tailed deer fawns find new home at New Bedford zoo

NEW BEDFORD — The Buttonwood Park Zoo announced it is providing a home to two orphaned fawns.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has a long history of providing forever homes to orphaned and injured native wildlife, thanks to a strong partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, or MassWildlife, according to the press release.

In early summer months, MassWildlife placed a female white-tailed deer fawn at BPZOO, who was believed to have been orphaned at less than 10 days old in South Dartmouth. Weeks later, she was joined by a second female fawn found alone in western Massachusetts. They are the first white-tailed deer to inhabit BPZOO since 2017.

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The two fawns, now affectionately referred to as Autumn and Olive, were only weeks old when they arrived at BPZOO and required hand-rearing by animal care staff. After approximately two months of bottle feeding, weight checks and completing the required quarantine, the fawns are ready to venture into a temporary habitat near their future home in the Zoo’s bison habitat this weekend.