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INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: Pet Deer Makes 50-Mile Journey Home
WKRG ^ | June 04, 2012 | Lauren Vargas

Posted on 06/04/2012 7:07:59 PM PDT by SJackson

WILMER, Alabama -- Kenneth Webster has what you would call a "unique" family pet. Her name is Bambi, and yes, she's a deer.

"I found her on the side of Highway 43 lying beside her mother," said Webster. The mother was killed by a car. "I thought she was dead too until I walked up to her and she picked her head up."

That was four years ago. Bambi's been part of the family ever since, living comfortably in their fenced-in yard in Wilmer.

"She gets 50 dollars a week worth of food, if not more," Webster said, describing the doe's diet of fresh fruit, grains, and water.

There's only one problem. Keeping wild animals as pets is illegal in Alabama.

"Somebody called and reported seeing her," said Webster.

Keith Gauldin, a Wildlife Biologist at the Alabama Department of Natural Resources enforced the law. He tranquilized Bambi, and they dropped her off at a sort of "deer sanctuary" fifty miles away on Mason Ferry Road.

"It's not really us being the bad guys," said Gauldin. "It was their mistake when they first captured the deer as a youngster, so he shouldn't have done that in the first place, and we wouldn't have had a problem."

Little did they know, Bambi was homeward bound. Kenneth Webster was at work at the time, when his neighbors called with the unbelievable news: Bambi was back at his front gate.

Neighbor Joey Hall spotted Bambi on their street.

"We got a little fence in our backyard, so we put it there," said Hall. "My dad went and called him, told him we had his deer."

Nearly two weeks later, the domesticated doe is back home in the Webster's yard. But her chances of staying there are slim.

"We have a regulation in place that prohibits that, that keeps the general public from keeping any species of wildlife in captivity, so, unfortunately the law is the law," said Gauldin.

"You can see the scratches on her from the travel," said Bambi's owner. "I don't know what all she went through, and only God knows what all she went through to make it back, but she made it back, so why not leave her alone?" said Webster.

Kenneth Webster says it's a miracle Bambi made it back alive. He worries she won't have the instincts to survive on her own.

Gauldin says they plan to enforce the law and confiscate Bambi once again. This time, they may take it someplace different.

News 5 will continue to follow this story and let you know if the State decides to make an exception, or if they take Bambi a second time.


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1 posted on 06/04/2012 7:08:06 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..

If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.


2 posted on 06/04/2012 7:08:43 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson

Oh crap. Now the deer will be taken away from them. Probably killed.


3 posted on 06/04/2012 7:10:14 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: SJackson

Just remember that The Law has little to do with Justice unless you are willing to pay BIG $$$.


4 posted on 06/04/2012 7:10:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SJackson

Bambi needs to go the bunker.


5 posted on 06/04/2012 7:12:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SJackson

The deer doesn’t like that law either.


6 posted on 06/04/2012 7:12:37 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SJackson

I’m surprised the cops didn’t just shoot the deer.


7 posted on 06/04/2012 7:14:09 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: SJackson

“Gauldin” and his chain of command need to be tranquilized and released in Zimbabwe.


8 posted on 06/04/2012 7:14:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SJackson
"Somebody called and reported seeing her,"

Sounds like somebody President Dear Leader might want to praise on his next radio talk, a real public spirited civilian.

9 posted on 06/04/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SJackson

This Gauldin sounds like a moron. He would rather see the deer dead than loved - this deer is clearly tame, not wild.


10 posted on 06/04/2012 7:20:11 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: SJackson
"We have a regulation in place that prohibits that, that keeps the general public from keeping any species of wildlife in captivity, so, unfortunately the law is the law," said Gauldin.

The deer has been kept as a pet for nearly it's entire life, it's not going to be able to fend for itself in the wild and will soon die. Hopefully these people will be able to find some sort of private ranch or reserve in an area not covered by this law.
11 posted on 06/04/2012 7:21:42 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SJackson

I knew withour even opening the thread that this is how it would end.

We PAY these people to do this kind of stuff to us.

The eventual death of the pet deer at the hand of the law matters not, only the funding of the health and retirement accounts.


12 posted on 06/04/2012 7:23:20 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: SJackson
The solution...

***Ducking***

13 posted on 06/04/2012 7:27:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I was thinking the same thing.... Bambi needs to go to the freezer.

**ducking with you**


14 posted on 06/04/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
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To: SJackson

Sounds like a good time for the governor to get some good PR. Issue a pardon or something, declare the deer a dog, I don’t know...create a state park out of their back yard...


15 posted on 06/04/2012 7:30:46 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I revisited the famous “I need a Bambulance tape” tonight after seeing this story.

It’s been a while since I listened to this..quite a few years...and I still laughed today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x05EeeN6pBM


16 posted on 06/04/2012 7:32:38 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Years ago, in East Hartland, CT a fawn was rescued from a stone foundation by the owner of a local aircraft corporation...very rural area... Nursed it, raised it and this fawn became part of the family..along with the cat and the dog the family would take walks...a sight to see.... But Authorities stepped in...unlawful to have a deer - one fall day a hunter drove up to the general store in town, marveling how this deer “just walked up to him” and he had an easy, clear shot...of course this was the pet deer - dead and strapped ontop of his vehicle. Very sad scene. The whole town cried that day.


17 posted on 06/04/2012 7:33:13 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: RummyChick
Is the 911 call really real?

Some peeps just can't take care of themselves (I've had a deer enter my car through the windshield @ 65 mph and die in the passenger seat/floor.)

18 posted on 06/04/2012 7:39:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SJackson

Those are the King’s deer. People cannot keep the King’s deer.

How far we’ve fallen.


19 posted on 06/04/2012 7:40:38 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: DefeatCorruption

“Are you game?”


20 posted on 06/04/2012 7:41:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

It’s never been determined if it is real or not. It is an old tape ...decades.


21 posted on 06/04/2012 7:42:21 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: DefeatCorruption

I know. It’s hard to have that happen.
I can see why it is not allowed.

My pet peeve is pet stores.

I hate to think of the ‘pets’ that have become to hard to keep or whatever and let loose.


22 posted on 06/04/2012 7:42:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: Paladin2

There is LAW and there is common sense, and sometimes common sense needs to trump law. The finks need to come clean and explain why common sense is missing from their genes. Bambi needs her family and I don’t need to remind Gualdin the moron, that the family did not capture bambi she was R E S C U E D.


23 posted on 06/04/2012 7:45:59 PM PDT by wita
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To: mylife
None of my 'pets' aka the catz would stand still for treatment like that. Just dammit... what whichever mexican did with that sauce looks really good.

Do you know what type of fruit it was?

/johnny

24 posted on 06/04/2012 7:51:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: RummyChick

Given the preponderance of car-deer collisions a Bambulance is not a preposterous idea.


25 posted on 06/04/2012 7:51:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I laugh my butt off at the stupidity of 911 calls..so the Bambulance tape could be real.

Dumb dumb officer thinking he overdosed on Pot Brownies that he confiscated from someone he arrested

“I think we’re dying,” he said. “We made brownies and I think we’re dead, I really do.”

He thinks he is dying and then asks the Score of the Redwings game to see if he is hallucinating

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHTzpXyXO-4


26 posted on 06/04/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Clearly , except in the most extreme circumstances, it’s best to steer clear of the cops.


27 posted on 06/04/2012 7:56:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JRandomFreeper

Why the heck did anyone bother calling the press on this regarding Bambi finding her way home?

Just let the deer live in the backyard and keep your mouth shut...

Just saying.


28 posted on 06/04/2012 7:56:22 PM PDT by visionary
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To: JRandomFreeper

Why the heck did anyone bother calling the press on this regarding Bambi finding her way home?

Just let the deer live in the backyard and keep your mouth shut...

Just saying.


29 posted on 06/04/2012 7:56:45 PM PDT by visionary
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To: Paladin2

stear?


30 posted on 06/04/2012 7:57:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: visionary
Some of your neighbors are retards.

Some of mine too (I've had to straighten them out). It's not pleasant.

31 posted on 06/04/2012 8:01:28 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RummyChick

while we have women calling 911 over Chicken Mcnuggets..the UK has people calling 999 (their emergency number) because the wife left him two salmon sandwiches .

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-7058789206610100303


32 posted on 06/04/2012 8:04:35 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SJackson

Said the Spokesperson for the department of the “Armed & Rangerous” “We have regulations ...”.

In the Third Reich, the phrase was “Alles In Ordnung!”

Same Jack Boot mentality, just a different time and Fuhrer.


33 posted on 06/04/2012 8:06:09 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Paladin2

“Gauldin” and his chain of command need to be tranquilized and released in Zimbabwe.”

Superb post, doubtlessly the best comment of teh day, if not the week.

Thanks, again.

PS There are lots of Possum PolicePerson in FloriDUH who will surely be similarly described by many. I predict your line and its concept will go viral.


34 posted on 06/04/2012 8:09:05 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Post Toasties

Keith Gauldin, wildlife biologist, at the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, District V Office at 30571 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, AL 36527; 251-626-5474.

Picture not found


35 posted on 06/04/2012 8:12:42 PM PDT by Postman
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To: GladesGuru

Interesting, I’ll have to check and see if there are 12 ga tranquilizer rounds (Lord knows that the 12 ga is the Swiss Army Knife of “firearms”)


36 posted on 06/04/2012 8:15:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JRandomFreeper

Don’t know what kind of sauce it is.
I just go with peppercorn sauce.


37 posted on 06/04/2012 8:17:19 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mountn man

They are probably waiting for a crowd of neighborhood children to gather around before sending in the cops. It’s a unique event that paired the deer with that man. That is the problem with giving bureaucrat power. Government control has not heart and no brain.

This is what we will face with our human management overseers through obromneycare, carbon control and agenda 21.


38 posted on 06/04/2012 8:20:28 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Paladin2
"Teleshot Shotgun Rounds

A Teleshot round is a specially designed shell that captures the gas released by firing. Thus, this greatly muffles the sound of the blast (in effect, it is like a suppressor for a shotgun). These rounds can be found in 12 gauge only with solid slugs or buckshot.

I'll have to follow up on this too.

39 posted on 06/04/2012 8:25:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SJackson

The deer will likely be killed trying to make it back from an even more distant “sanctuary.” It’s definitely domesticated. A deer is more docile than many other wild animals and under the circumstance this one should be allowed to remain with its benefactors.But unnecessary officiousness dictates that it won’t be.


40 posted on 06/04/2012 8:28:49 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: mylife
Chef H------ had the most amazing juniper berry sauce that he served with the fois gras. On brioche....

Talk about overdoing it. But it was good. Tree-berry sauce with goose livers on pound cake would be the translation I think. Or something close. Brioche isn't quite pound cake.

/johnny

41 posted on 06/04/2012 8:29:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: luvbach1
We've had deer roaming the 'hood for the last 2-3 years. My dog loves to chase them, but has learned to limit her travels to the contiguous block.

Given her tendencies to "herd" the cat, I think she is learning to (shep)herd the deer.

We'll see.

42 posted on 06/04/2012 8:34:11 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RummyChick
Supposedly, this is the ORIGINAL bambulance 911 call (Others are remakes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiwLDcV9LeA&feature=related
43 posted on 06/04/2012 8:36:56 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: wita
The "law" will stand firm to make a point, even thought it is wrong in this case. The deer is capable of recognizing her host family and has the ability to feel cared for. Thus, her epic journey home. Yet the law will be there to interfere and busy body neighbors will continue to make life miserable for both the deer and the family.

Of course, when loopy liberals wade into the ocean to save beached fish , all is wonderful.

44 posted on 06/04/2012 8:40:29 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: SaraJohnson

And the government is not permitted to keep the USA citizens as farm animals to be sheared for their benefit.


45 posted on 06/04/2012 8:42:54 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: SJackson

Alabama, what a great state. You can’t keep a pet deer, but you can marry your sister!


46 posted on 06/04/2012 8:51:24 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: MtnClimber

Shearing or slavery, what’s the difference? ...and law is seldom a consequence where our benefactor the government is concerned.


47 posted on 06/04/2012 9:06:32 PM PDT by wita
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To: Harley
"Alabama, what a great state. You can’t keep a pet deer, but you can marry your sister! "

Aren't you the clever smart-ass.

48 posted on 06/04/2012 9:12:15 PM PDT by blam
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To: Paladin2
“Gauldin” and his chain of command need to be tranquilized and released in Zimbabwe.

You're onto something here.

49 posted on 06/04/2012 9:29:00 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: SJackson

The folks who raised the doe should file for an exotic animal
owners permit or whatever the hell they call the equivalent
in Alabama and pay a fine to make the legal types happy. I’m
sure with all the publicity they should rack up the $ to finance
it.

Had an uncle who was ranching on the Coastal Range back in
the early 60s. Same situation. The doe, dog, cat, and a free range
duck were all buds. It was like a pre-schooler story book.


50 posted on 06/04/2012 9:40:08 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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