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Calf Canyon New Mexico Firefighters Rescue Adorable Elk Calf


Cinder with firefighters and ranchers Lisa and Carl Bartley.
Photo: USDA Forest Service

Cinder was taken by the ranchers to Cottonwood Rehab, a wildlife rehab clinic in nearby Las Vegas, New Mexico, where she will stay for the next four months to get her ready to be released into the wild. According to the Facebook post, there’s a female elk who is acting as a “surrogate mother” to Cinder, cleaning her and giving her affection—and enabling the staff to have as hands-off an approach to rearing her as possible, to ensure her survival in the wild.

“They do elk things, they don’t do people things,” Kathleen Ramsay, a veterinarian at the rehab, told the AP.


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