- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Falls woman has helped animals of all kinds, but even for her it’s a rarity to rescue fawn triplets.

A vehicle recently hit and killed a doe near Plainfield, leaving the trio that were less than a week old without a mother, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/1SYGjUS ) reported.

Member Linda Nebbe of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project is helping care for the white-tail fawn triplets, a first in her more than 40 years of helping creatures like sparrows, coyotes and beavers. She now has six young deer in her nursery, and she said they should be ready for a release into the wild in a few months.

According to a nonprofit wildlife organization, a doe giving birth to triplets isn’t abnormal. The Quality Deer Management Association said twins are the norm in most deer populations, but there have been other cases where a doe has given birth to triplets.

Nebbe said that while intervening in the care of the baby deer was necessary in this case, most times it isn’t. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources agrees.

“If you find an animal baby that appears to be on its own, don’t worry. Generally, one of its parents is nearby, watching,” the agency said. “They’re teaching their offspring to be independent, and in the case of danger, some animal parents will take off in order to create a distraction away from their young.”

Nebbe said anyone who comes across a young animal they believe might be orphaned should observe it from a distance for 24 hours. Odds are one of the animal’s parents will return, she said.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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