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Fawn found hiding in HOV lane on Southeast Expressway

A rescued fawn sat calmly in the cab of a MassDOT vehicle at the HOV office in Braintree.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
A rescued fawn sat calmly in the cab of a MassDOT vehicle at the HOV office in Braintree.

State highway workers Robbie Bodoin and Bob Polchlopek were preparing the High Occupancy ­Vehicle lane for Monday morning’s commute on the Southeast Expressway when they made a stunning discovery: a fawn was stranded inside the HOV lane.

“She was very tired,” said Bodoin. “We’re not sure how long she was there.”

The fawn was found near the Furnace Brook Parkway exit on Interstate 93 in Quincy, said Sara Lavoie, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

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The men brought the animal along with them as they performed their duties, Lavoie said.

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“She was very warm from being outdoors, so we brought her in the machine and let her stay in the A/C before bringing her back to the garage,” said Bodoin, who also said he was careful not to spook her so she would not dart into traffic.

The MassDOT workers let the baby deer munch on grass and provided her with drinking water. “She must have drank 2 gallons,” Bodoin said.

The fawn was turned over to environmental officials. It was not immediately clear how the animal made her way into the HOV lane, which extends 6 miles from Quincy to Dorchester.

“We’ve seen cats, dogs, and bunnies, but we’ve never found a deer before,” said Bodoin, a state worker for 16 years.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at
sarah.mattero@globe.com.