Two orphaned fawns — named Jelly and Bean by their rescuers — safely arrived at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington this month thanks to Glencoe Public Safety.
Glencoe Lt. Kevin Kulinski responded to a call from a resident on Drexel Avenue reporting a deer and two fawns between their house and their neighbor’s house.
One day earlier Kulinski received a call about the same deer underneath a car, but the deer had fled by the time he got to the scene.
When the rescue team returned, the doe had died, and the foes were orphans at just 2 days old.
Using guidance from Animal Control Officer Katie Sweeney, who named the fawns, Kulinski and Officer Ivan Zelic put Jelly and Bean into a dog crate and brought them back to the station.
“It was a team effort and because of that we were able to rescue the two fawns and get them someplace they were safe and secure and make sure no other animals got to them,” Kulinski said.
Sweeney said it is unusual to see twin fawns. She contacted Dawn Keller, the director of Flint Creek Wildlife, and the fawns spent the night in Sweeney’s office in the station before she drove them to Flint Creek Wildlife the next morning.
“It can be a place for them to live out the rest of their lives if they’re injured,” Sweeney said. “Otherwise, she will bottle feed and care for them until they’re old enough and just release them.”
Kulinski said the Glencoe Public Safety Department handles all types of animal rescue calls. He said he has dealt with birds, such as hawks, and even a coyote that went to Flint a couple of years ago.
Sweeney said the only animal she would not be able to handle is a bear or a cougar, in which case she would reach out to the Cook County Wildlife Biology Department.
She said to proceed with caution when approaching unattended fawns because although they may appear orphaned, the mother is often watching them from a distance. According to Sweeney, the mother is in the area 99 percent of the time so it is best to leave fawns alone.
“Does have their fawns in very unusual spots. They will deliver them in the middle of a roadway, in somebody’s driveway or on a patio,” Sweeney said. “The best thing for people to do is always call me and let me know.”
Sweeney and Glencoe Animal Control can be reached by calling (847) 461-1148 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rosie Newmark is a 2023 Record intern and an incoming senior studying journalism and history at Northwestern University. Rosie has written for multiple campus publications in addition to the Hyde Park Herald and American Libraries Magazine.