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One of our favorite heavy metal guitar shredders, Rich Ward (The Duke Of Metal) from FOZZY happens to be in the right place at the right time to rescue a baby deer. Rich found the baby deer during a run in the woods. Check out his story which he posted on his Facebook page below:

A few hours ago I was going for a run at my local park, and I saw a juvenile deer out in a field about 200 yards away from me. As I got closer, I could tell that something was wrong, as it was very “wobbly”, seemed very weak, and appeared to be disoriented. I watched from about 100 feet away for a couple of minutes, looking around for it’s mother, and just trying to get a better idea of what may be wrong. I walked slowly towards the deer until I got about 10 feet away, then I got down on my knees and started to talk to it. It just walked/staggered right over to me, as to say help me. It’s mouth was open, exposing a swollen tongue, and was taking rapid shallow breaths. I wrapped my arms around her (I would later find out it was a lady), picked the little fella up, and she just collapsed in my arms. She appeared dehydrated and exhausted. As I carried her back to my car, she just went limp and was having really labored breathing. I put her in the front seat of my car and called my wife Julie, “I have a baby deer in the car…”. She made a bunch of calls and found a local guy who rehabs and fosters injured and abandoned wildlife. On the 10 minute drive, the little lady deer’s breathing slowed a bit, and with lots of stroking, some “baby talk”, and a good blast from the air conditioning, she seemed to relax a bit. When I got to my wife’s work, her boss/my friend/Thrillhammers lead guitarist, Chris Chandler, jumped in his truck and said, “I’ll drive”. 


We met Richard Gruhn, the wildlife specialist, and he gave the deer a quick lookover. He said that her mother was likely killed by a car, and thus leaving her abandoned. She had no obvious or visible sign of sickness, injuries, or disease, that would leave him to believe that she would have been purposefully abandoned by her mother. She was just very weak and dehydrated to the point where she wasn’t going to last much longer being exposed on a 90 degree summer day in Georgia. 

The little girl got some iv fluids at the animal hospital, then went back to his rehab center to join the 2 other baby deer that he is currently fostering. Apparently, at her age she will do fine on goat’s milk until she can move on to solid food.

Finding this little lady was a gift for me, made my summer. I’ll check up on her over the next few days and give you a report.

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What an awesome story and I am so glad Rich could be there to help this poor little one. We are hoping the little guy or should we call him “Little Duke” makes a full recovery. Thank you Rich for taking the time out to make sure Little Duke is safe, sound and in good hands. We thank you Rich for reminding all of us that it is in helping others where we receive the most gratification. You give us hope for humanity in this day and age where good deeds are too far in between.
We are excited for the new release of  Do You Wanna Start a War by Fozzy which is set for a July 22nd release on Century Media Records. They most recently released a lyric video for his new song, One Crazed Anarchist.  Check out the song here:


You can pre-order the new album and get an instant download of One Crazed Anarchist. Head over to iTunes:
or Amazon: We can’t wait for the new album and hope FOZZY returns back to San Francisco for some shows. We caught them when they came into San Francisco last year for a stop at the DNA Lounge. It was an amazing night and you can read more about our coverage here.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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