ELLSWORTH, Maine — A crash involving a deer on Route 1A on Wednesday afternoon resulted in the birth of two fawns, according to Ellsworth police.
Helen Kazura was traveling north when a pregnant doe jumped out of the woods and into the path of her car just north of the Winkumpaugh Road intersection, Ellsworth police Officer Gil Jameson said.
Jameson said the crash was reported shortly after 3 p.m.
After the crash, the doe gave birth to a pair of fawns before scurrying back into the woods and succumbing to her injuries, according to Jameson.
While Jameson was handling the accident report, he had help taking care of the fawns from passing motorists Kris Wuestoff of Milwaukee, Owens Starwinski of Georgia and Mary Fitzpatrick of Ellsworth, who lives near the scene of the crash and was able to bring towels. The trio rescued the fawns from the busy roadway and got them into a ditch to care for them.
In addition, Ellsworth police Sgt. Shawn Willey, the city’s animal control officer, was able to get a dog kennel from his house to bring the fawns to the police department, Jameson said.
Jameson said the fawns are at a refugee center in Machias, where they were brought by Game Warden Eric Rudolph. The officer said the fawns are doing well and would be released into the wild this fall.
The accident did not cause any traffic backups, as Kazura was able to get her vehicle to the side of the road and the deer were in a nearby ditch.
Jameson said he can only recall one other time in his 37-year law enforcement career that a deer struck a vehicle and subsequently gave birth.
The officer said Kazura was not seriously injured in the crash, but her vehicle was significantly damaged.