Elk calf survives accident that killed her pregnant mother

Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 6:49 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 6:08 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - After a vehicle hit and killed a pregnant elk June 10 on I-40, rescuers successfully saved her calf.

The now 1-month-old calf, appropriately named Lucky, is almost fully recovered from a dramatic entry into the world. The calf is safely living at Bearizona, the wildlife park near the Grand Canyon.

A Prescott, AZ, family stopped at the scene of the accident and then rushed the calf to Bearizona in their motor home. Flagstaff firefighters also assisted in the rescue.

"It really is a miracle Lucky made it, which is why the family that helped save her requested we give her that name," said Sean Casey, owner, Bearizona. "We are so grateful to the Flagstaff firefighters and Prescott family that rushed to give her care at the scene and to the veterinarians and animal staff that watched over her day and night those first few days."

Lucky is the twelfth wild animal rescued this year by the drive- and walk-through park , which is devoted to providing homes to wild animals in need.

The healthy calf can be seen at the park along with a recently rescued 2-month-old pronghorn fawn.

Jessie, the pronghorn fawn, was displaced and then unable to be safely reunited with her family by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The public can see the two together in their new home beginning this week.

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