Fawn rescued from highway: I-495 and Route 50, June 7. A driver ushered a fawn from a multi-lane highway into the back of his sport-utility vehicle and drove to a fire station to ask for assistance. Emergency personnel called the league, and an animal control officer picked up the deer and took it to the shelter. After the deer was examined for injuries, it was taken to a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator, where it will be held until it can survive on its own. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria assists wild and domestic animals in distress. The league strongly advises the public to limit interaction with wildlife when an animal is injured or in distress, and to call the league for assistance.
Ducklings freed from storm drain: Reagan National Airport, May 29. Airport security reported that several ducks were trapped under a manhole cover in a parking lot. An animal control officer found nine ducklings in the drain of a rain run-off tunnel. Using a short net and a nearby car to brace his legs, the officer rescued the animals one at a time while hanging upside down. The mother duck and two other ducklings were found close by and captured, and the whole family was released at the Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.