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November 28, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

In the way. Deer and Manatee.

Coincidence. Fate. Accident of birth.

All it takes. Not really.

Like a person must be present to hear the sound of a tree falling, without a person stopping at that specific critical no-turning-back point in time, it’s over.

Orphan fawns. deer in a dog bed

Orphans, but they have each other…and quite a few friends.

It was late and he was driving home. There it was: a dead deer in the road

Car vs deer usually doesn’t go well for deer. Sadly he saw a little movement.

No animal should suffer.

The experienced vet tech got out of the truck and took a deep breath.

The pregnant doe’s twins were thrashing inside. A desperate C-section there on the road, his coat wrapping the two tiny fawns, and a race back to the animal emergency clinic.

The orphan fawns are thriving.

As with most babies, they need constant care, but they are getting it from experts. Now with wildlife rehabilitation’s hands, the pair will be sheltered until able to be released.

Hope their luck holds on as tightly as they did to life. 

orphan deer, fawn

Not exactly the welcome anticipated, but the accommodations are acceptable and the staff is attentive.

Right place. Right time. Right person.

Do some people have special super hero instincts and vision?

Is it genetic?

This one thought himself a playboy. Stayed too long at the party.

Almost a fatal mistake.

Should have left with the others and headed back to Florida for the winter.

Woman discovers drowned man. 1899. Anderson's Fairy tales. Stratton/

Oh, my. Talk about bad judgment.(Anderson/Stratton/

For whatever reason, Sunday, a Chamber’s County sheriff’s deputy stopped.

 Something barely moving in the water. (Please let it not be a body…).

There, huddled in the one small spot of sun on the water, as close as possible to Trinity Bay from NRG Cedar Bayou’s power station warm water outlet, was a West Indian manatee.

Emergency calls were placed to immediately to Texas game wardens, US Fish and Wildlife, Dolphin Rescue, Marine Stranding Network, and almost a dozen agencies and experts,

Including Florida Fish and Wildlife officials who identified the manatee by his markings and scars from propellers as one of theirs from Tampa Bay.

Florida’s Manatees often summer along the Texas coast, they but need waters at least 68 degrees to survive.

The bay waters have already cooled to the 50’s by earlier fronts. And another cold blast was on the way.

Time was running out.

Cold made him listless.

Not interested in food even though lettuce was gently tossed to him. His tail looked injured.

Security was placed to keep people away so as not to stress the water mammal further.

Manatee from Tampa Bay found in Trinity Bay, Texas (

No he does not look like a potato. He has whiskers like a cat…both a bit fishy at times… (

Plan “A” was to enlisted a collaborative rescue party in wet suits, surround him gently with a 200 foot net, lift him the 50 feet to a truck with a lift gate, and rush him to Marine Rescue in Galveston.

Manatees are pretty smart. They learn like dolphins and do demonstrate discrimination abilities and reasoning.

If he accepted help, there would be a chance, but he was underweight, cold, and getting weaker.

Manatees are endangered – especially this one.

Turned out to be “Plan B” on Tuesday.

It took three tries, but the gentle mammal was quietly lifted onto shore and maneuvered into a special stretcher.

He cooperated while vets reevaluated. At 10 feet in length and close to 1,000 pounds, he was too large for the Galveston tanks.

VIDEO of the RESCUE here: “Stranded manatee rescued from Trinity Bay”

Rescue of Trinity Bay manatee. (Texas Game Warden@TexasGameWarden:Twitter/TPWL)

What? I’m sure Galveston said they had suitable accommodations for winter.(Texas Game Warden@TexasGameWarden:Twitter/TPWL)

Vets determined he was in good enough condition to make the trip to San Antonio Sea World.

Sea World was tapped to rehabilitate a wayward manatee in 1995 that managed to swim up the Houston Ship Channel all the way to downtown Houston. She was quite the showgirl, as I recall. Loved attention and would not be shooed off and go back home.

For her own good, Hou/Pearl was eventually relocated to nice warm lodgings in San Antonio, and then flown back to Florida at a local merchant’s expense once she was well enough to travel. In 1999 Hou/Pearl was spotted with her calf along the Florida coast.

With a great deal of effort, the very pleasant Trinity Bay manatee was loaded into the padded truck and was soon taking the ride of his life.

(The area human docs may be treating a hernia or two shortly.)

VIDEO here.Manatee arrives at Sea World San Antonio for rehabilitation” 

Save the Manatee Club here.

Wonder if Trinity and Pearl/Hou will meet up later in Florida?

They have so much in common.

Could compare travel notes. Could create Trip Advisor reviews?

Right place. Right time. Bingo. Luck has it. A real mystery how things happen.

Thankful for those who find themselves in the right place, at the right time, and choose to do the right thing.

Coincidentally, every little thing matters.

Phil the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Snow Queen.HC Andersen.Elena Ringo,ill./

Just happened to be coming by and noticed. Happy to help out and give you a lift. (Andersen/E.Ringo, ill/




  1. angelswhisper2011 / Nov 28 2014 8:01 pm

    Awww..the cute little deers. What a tragegy, Philmouse, but so glad that there are so good people around, who help the helpless in need. We love the last picture and caption 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤


  2. katecrimmins / Nov 28 2014 8:02 pm

    Awww! Great stories for the holidays! Happy endings! Yay for that! My friend was driving home during a spring downpour a couple years ago. She was on a country road but spotted something by the side of the road. She stopped (yep, it was raining pitchforks!) and found about a 3 week old kitten struggling for life all by itself. It had an infected eye. She scooped it up and the little terror lives with the rest of her pets happy and healthy. None of us can believe she spotted it with the windshield wipers flapping. Right place, right time.


  3. Littlesundog / Nov 28 2014 8:25 pm

    What lovely stories with happy outcomes. You know I am a firm believer in being at the right place at the right time – always a message in the situation whatever the outcome. 🙂


  4. Madison Woods / Nov 28 2014 8:42 pm

    Heartwarming stories. Loved hearing about them 🙂


  5. roughseasinthemed / Nov 28 2014 9:06 pm

    It’s nice to know people get it right sometimes. Gives us all some hope.


  6. Paul / Nov 28 2014 11:57 pm

    I have become suspicious of this “right place at right time” stuff. I was doing a CPR course at work and the trainer was a young paramedic about 26 years old. He was a cheerful and jovial young man and in the process of the training he pulled from his back pocket a collapsible mask designed specifically to separate the attendant from the patient when doing CPR. He showed us and explained its use,if it was available when needed. i inquired why he had one on him and he replied that he always carried it. In his job, of course, everything he needed was in his ambulance, but he said that he often came across accidents and such off duty where CPR was needed. I found this odd as I had trucked for 30 years at the time and had never come across such a situation, I asked how often he had had to use ot and he replied at least 6 times. Right place at right time. I suspect those who are the right person is put together with the right place and time.

    Your post is pretty amazing and very upbeat Phil – Thank you. I didn’t realize there was a Sea World in San Antonio. When I trucked (years ago) we used to haul frozen male caplin to Sea World in Solon Ohio and in Orlando from Newfoundland. It was enjoyable getting to visit the park for free when we delivered.muchies for the animals.


  7. bulldog / Nov 29 2014 2:40 am

    Wo derful rescue stories…. now there’s something to be thankful for


  8. allthoughtswork / Nov 29 2014 4:46 am

    I love the way all those soft little legs fold up neatly under a belly and a chin, like deer origami.


  9. PiedType / Nov 29 2014 7:43 am

    I love hearing wonderful animal rescue stories, and about the wonderful rescuers.


  10. Clowie / Nov 29 2014 8:43 am

    I’m glad the baby deer were saved. I hope they and the manatee do well.


  11. easyweimaraner / Nov 29 2014 3:12 pm

    I cross my paws for the two little orphans. I remember the night my uncle brought Peter, the fawn home after his mom was killed in an accident…. we had two wonderful years together… and I still miss this funny guy…


  12. Jay E. / Nov 30 2014 1:44 am

    I feel sorry for the orphans; such a waste of life. I’m a hunter, but not for sport. I hunt to put food on the table. It breaks my heart any time an animal is killed without ethical cause or reason and no-one benefits from it. Like the Native People, I recognize the sacrifice an animal makes to feed me. This is just tragic.


  13. jannatwrites / Nov 30 2014 4:05 pm

    I like these stories and how some good came out of tragedy. I like the fact that people would do so much to help these animals. I’m glad you shared this 🙂


  14. marthaschaefer / Nov 30 2014 11:01 pm

    The mystery of “right time, right place” has always intrigued me….love this one Phil!


  15. jmmcdowell / Dec 3 2014 11:29 pm

    Stories like this are heartwarming. And they also make me wish that more people could realize that where we are at any point in time can be the right time and place to do the right thing.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 6 2014 5:32 pm

      This guy works with my sister-in-law in Abilene. They are all thrilled the twins are doing well. Makes up for a lot of ugliness in the world recently. Thanks for cheering along


  16. EllaDee / Dec 5 2014 5:19 am

    Oh dear, the deer are dear and so is the manatee with its gorgeous face that only a mother could love but the rest of us do too! I so prefer this version of the news to what we’re told is the real thing. Kind people are my kind of reality 🙂


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