Baby elk rescued after mother hit by SUV in Flagstaff

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Baby elk rescued after its mother was hit by an SUV. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Dept.) Baby elk rescued after its mother was hit by an SUV. (Source: Flagstaff Fire Dept.)
This baby elk is receiving treatment at Bearizona after a rough start in life. (Source: Bearizona) This baby elk is receiving treatment at Bearizona after a rough start in life. (Source: Bearizona)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Flagstaff firefighters say a baby elk born just minutes after its mother was killed in a freeway collision is doing well today.

Flagstaff fire officials said the incident happened early Sunday morning along Interstate 40.

The calf was born after its mother was struck by an SUV along I-40 near mile post 197 just after 6 a.m. Fire officials found the mother and calf in the median area of the highway.

The driver of the SUV was unharmed, but the mother elk died from the impact. 

Witnesses to the accident stopped to help firefighters in their efforts to save the newborn. They helped dry the baby elk with towels.

The calf suffered some minor injuries. Officials with Flagstaff fire Department say the calf was taken to Bearizona in Williams where it will receive care.

Owner of Bearizona, Sean Casey, said, "The Family from Prescott that helped the elk at the scene, requested that we name the calf Lucky. And if all goes well, the name is very appropriate” 

Lucky will get around the clock care from the staff at Bearizona and is also being monitored closely by the veterinary staff. 

She is drinking formula and has been doing well so far, but she's not out of the woods yet.

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