Two newborn deer nestled quietly Thursday on a blanket in a Bluffton veterinary clinic, unaware of their newfound celebrity or the traumatic circumstances that brought them into this world.
At about 2:30 a.m., their mother — pregnant with the twin fawns — was hit by a vehicle on rural U.S. 278, said Capt. Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District.
The accident ruptured the doe’s abdomen, Hunter said in an email, and “the fawns popped out and were trying to walk around.” Marthi Sumner, office manager of Coastal Veterinary Clinic in Bluffton, arrived on the scene after being called by Bluffton police. She said the fawns were responsive despite the accident.
“The one started nuzzling me right away,” Sumner said.
She took the deer home and put them in her bathtub with some blankets.