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' Although Leonardo has gained weight and bonded with his keepers at his new home at the SWCC, he has suffered some recent medical issues from being declawed as a cub. 'The declawing
procedure mangled his paws, leaving him unable to climb and jump to high places like leopards should. Recently, Leo started limping and we noticed drainage coming from a rear paw. Veterinarians examined Leo's foot, took x-rays, and determined that it has become necrotic and infected. The declawing he suffered through as a cub has now led to the need for a surgical procedure. ' More recently, the sanctuary rescued a mule deer fawn that was brought to a fire station on the west side of Tucson. The fawn would have otherwise been euthanized. The person who brought the fawn in assumed she had been abandoned or orphaned because she was alone, which is a common misconception. Wild animals often leave their babies alone to hunt for food, and often the mother is nearby, but they do not hover over their babies the way we often suppose they would. Additionally, the Arizona Fish & Game website notes that'*Because deer and elk can transmit chronic wasting disease, they should almost never be brought in from the wild. "*If you
have taken a young deer or elk from the wild, immediately take it back to exactly where you found it.