UPDATE: The baby deer that was rescued by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies Tuesday has died. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office‏ said in a Tweet "Many of you have inquired into little Niki's condition, the baby fawn our personnel rescued yesterday... Unfortunately, Chattanooga Zoo personnel notified us that she passed away. She just wasn't strong enough. So sad."

Deputies said they were called to Mountain Lake Drive to help rescue the animal, who appeared to be injured and malnourished.

They said it's unclear why the baby deer was abandoned or if it had been hit by a car.

 


PREVIOUS STORY: Earlier today, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Mountain Lake Drive to help rescue a baby deer that was found near the roadway that appeared to be injured and malnourished.

Deputies say it's unclear why the baby deer was abandoned or if it had been hit by a car, but they wasted no time trying to help get it to medical care.

HCSO Corporal Breeland Kilgore left the scene to purchase a Rubbermaid tote for safe transport and Deputy Nick Dewey began making phone calls to wildlife rehabilitation centers to see who could take the injured fawn.

Once the Chattanooga Zoo was alerted to the animal's situation, they told deputies to bring the fawn to them to see if they could help.

When they arrived, deputies were met by zoo staff and the little fawn was taken back for medical attention.