May 30, 2014 4:36 pm
Updated: May 30, 2014 9:13 pm

WATCH: A fawn farewell: orphaned Okanagan deer heading to the Lower Mainland


LAKE COUNTRY — At just three days old, orphaned fawn Jane Doe is easily the Okanagan’s most famous deer.

Her real life Bambi story unfolded when she was rescued Tuesday morning in an Oyama cherry orchard after her mother passed away. Baby Jane was only hours old.

The Okanagan Humane Society brought the fawn to the Tri Lake Animal Hospital in Lake Country, where she has been nurtured with goats colostrum and milk.

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Staff frantically tried to find a place for her to be rehabilitated, which proved to be a lot tougher than first expected.

Because Jane is a wild animal, there are strict rules on where she can go from here.

Wildlife societies in both Kamloops and Vancouver couldn’t take her and options on where the fawn could go were running out.

But now, thanks Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, Jane Doe has a shot at survival.

The non-profit society is taking Jane in for rehabilitation.

She’s successfully fought off a genetic defect in her urinary system called patent urachus, making her all ready for the move. She heads to the Lower Mainland Saturday.

While it’s a fawn farewell for the Okanagan’s famous baby deer, it might not be goodbye for good.

The hope is once Jane is rehabilitated she will be able to be released into the wild and the goal is to set her free back home, in the Okanagan.

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