State highway workers Robbie Bodoin and Bob Polchlopek were preparing the zipper lane for this morning’s commute on the Southeast Expressway when they made a stunning discovery: a fawn stranded inside the HOV lane.
“She was very tired. We’re not sure how long she was there for,’’ said Bodoin, of North Reading, who has been a state worker for 16 years.
The men brought it along with them as they performed their morning duties, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said in a statement.
The MassDOT workers let the baby deer munch on grass and provided it with drinking water. “She must’ve drank two gallons,’’ said Bodoin.
The fawn will be turned over to environmental officials, Lavoie said in the statement.
It was not immediately clear how the fawn made its way into the zipper lane, which straddles the Southeast Expressway from Dorchester to Braintree.
“We’ve seen cats, dogs, and bunnies, but we’ve never found a deer before,’’ Bodoin said.