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Trooper's family takes in orphaned baby deer after crash

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Master Trooper Rockey Deitz's niece Mary with Buckshot. (FOX Carolina/6/22/17) Master Trooper Rockey Deitz's niece Mary with Buckshot. (FOX Carolina/6/22/17)
Master Trooper Rockey Deitz's niece Mary with Buckshot. (FOX Carolina/6/22/17) Master Trooper Rockey Deitz's niece Mary with Buckshot. (FOX Carolina/6/22/17)
Master Trooper Rockey Deitz's niece Mary with Buckshot. (FOX Carolina/6/22/17) Master Trooper Rockey Deitz's niece Mary with Buckshot. (FOX Carolina/6/22/17)
SYLVA, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A baby deer named Buckshot is capturing the hearts of everyone around him after being rescued by a trooper.

The entire story was born out of a tragedy, though.

A NC State Highway Patrolman was responding to a wreck in Jackson County when he found a doe that had been hit and didn't survive. The doe had given birth as she died, due to the impact.

That's where the Master Trooper Rockey Deitz stepped in.

"There was a woman who struck a deer," Deitz recalled. "The deer was right behind her on the road where we were at. There was Buckshot, the little deer, and he was laying in the ditch."

Deitz couldn't help but take a selfie with the newborn, and send it to his family, but the baby deer tugged at his heart. He couldn't just leave Buckshot there.

"He was so newborn he was pretty much helpless," said Deitz. "There was no way he would have had any chance of survival if we hadn't picked him up and done something with him."

That selfie was all it took to get Deitz's own family involved.

Over the last week, his family has adopted little Buckshot, and from the looks of things, he's adopted them right back.

 "He's like a part of the family now," said Deitz.

Deitz's niece Mary Deitz took on the role of mother figure to the fawn.

"When I got here, I just immediately fell in love," said Mary Deitz. "I wanted to be around him all the time."

The trooper niece said Buckshot has a bunch of energy and loves to be around everyone. She said the fawn is doing really well and eating plenty.

The story will come to a bittersweet ending in a few short days, however. Despite the mutual love growing between the young deer and family that accepted him, Buckshot will have to leave them because of State Wildlife Laws.

Buckshot will have to go to specialists who will care for him until he gets bigger and is ready to be reintroduced to the wild.

"We just had to do everything we could to get him to where he needed to be, and now that it's coming to an end, it's really sad, but I know he's going to get the best that he can," said Trooper Deitz.

And though Deitz said he's an avid sportsman and loves to hunt, Buckshot's future is still very important to him.

"We care about our wildlife," said Deitz. "We want to do what we can to help our wildlife and make it as good as possible."

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