I live in an apartment complex owned by my university. It is situated right along a river (probably not the best choice), and has a large copse of trees nearby. Deer like to come by at different times, usually dusk or later, to nibble on various plants that I assume must be particularly tasty.
Tonight I did one of my run-walks, back and forth on each level of my building. I am not sure exactly how many circuits I did (a lot! I was trying to burn off anxiety. See comment on previous blog entry). Well, I have to say, my experience tonight amused me, because I wasn't entirely alone. I saw a deer munching away on something crunchy each time I walked or ran on one side of the building.
The first time it looked really nervous, like it was going to bolt. Then it saw I wasn't trying to chase it, so it chilled out and didn't pay much attention...until I got to the ground level. By this time, a couple other deer had joined it, and they were much more skittish. I had several moments when I was wondering if I would end up on some awful show, like, "When adorable wild forest animals that look like Bambi attack!"
Fortunately, that wasn't the case. However, it was rather funny to see them eying me cautiously when I walked past (or nonchalantly, with the more savvy "veteran" deer that had seen me do this several times already), or spring away in one direction when I ran past...only to have to run back when I returned in the other direction.
I'm certain if I didn't put them off their dinner due to nervousness, I at least confused them. I mean, after all, if I wasn't eating, wasn't stalking or chasing them, what WAS I doing (at least from the deer's perspective)?
(what the deer probably thought I was)
(how harmful I actually was)
Have a good weekend!