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Fawn rescued next to dead mother

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

A fawn was found lying next to its mother's carcass two days ago.

"We just thought this thing needs a home and its mother was clearly dead so we had to help," 19-year-old Caleb Douglass said.

Douglass was the perfect person to come to the rescue. He has been an animal lover all his life. At one time he even wanted to become an animal photographer. 

"Looking through National Geographic magazines that my mom read and I seen all the animals and the touch with nature they had. I've always wanted that as a job," Douglass said.

Douglass and his girlfriend Sarah Achorn were hiking in an area near Dow Gardens when they stumbled across the deer.

"We were walking around and we got closer and closer to this stinky smell. I didn't go by it. I started crying instantly," Achorn said. "There was an imprint on the grass where he was laying, so he was there for awhile."

Friday "Baby the deer" is in Douglass' backyard, trotting, drinking formula and even posing for the camera.

"Of course we want the deer and raise it as a dog or whatever," Douglass said.

But the couple knows that isn't an ideal situation.

"It's not safe. It's not healthy for the deer, so we have to give it to someone who can take care of it better than we can," Douglass said.

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