3-day-old deer pulled from wild to spend life in captivity

This Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo shows a 3-day-old baby mule deer at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. A man found the fawn, thought it was abandoned and took it into a bar to see if anybody else wanted to take it home. Since it was ripped from its mother and depends on humans for survival, it will never be able to go back into the wild. It will be taken to a wildlife reserve. (George Andrejko/Arizona Game and Fish Department via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — A 3-day-old baby deer is being sent to a wildlife reserve after somebody thought they were helping the fawn by removing it from a desert area in Arizona.

Mike Demlong, Wildlife Education Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, says a man found the fawn, thought it was abandoned and took it into a bar to see if anybody else wanted to take it home.

The fawn ended up in the hands of Arizona officials, though. And now, because it was ripped from its mother and depends on humans for survival, it will never be able to go back into the wild.

Demlong said nobody knew the man who took the baby deer, so they won’t be pursuing an investigation.