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Fawn Update

Friday, May 24, 2013

Well, it's gone. I turned off all the lights on the porch and left the room. When I went back an hour or so later, it was gone. The wildlife rescue volunteer, Kimberley, called me last night and told me that the fawn was probably still very close. Tiny ones can't walk very far, so Mama just moved her a few paces to a safer spot, and will probably lead it to a new spot every couple of days. The baby has to walk, Mama can't carry her like a cat carries kittens. In a few weeks when the fawn is stronger she'll lead it to the big deer gathering spot back in the woods. They don't raise young in pairs (one parent watching while the other hunts like birds) or as a herd like elephants. In the middle of the night that corner near my porch looked like a safe, dark place, then I went and turned on a bunch of bright lights and there were humans walking, talking and sitting just a few feet away from baby. She must have been terrified. There could be a bunch of fawns in the woods right out back, and I wouldn't know.

But it must be going on successfully because we have more deer every year, huge herds eating everything I plant. You'll notice that the fawn was nestled in the hostas, which they will eat down to the ground shortly.

When I sent the photos out to my kids, #2 son (the country boy Dietician) said that it was just the right size for the oven. Gotta love kids!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CARRAND 5/26/2013 9:15PM

    Good news! We don't have deer nearby (my hostas are safe) but we do have red fox in the yard.

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CELIAMINER 5/26/2013 8:37AM

    Thanks for the update, and for educating me!

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/26/2013 2:16AM

    DIdnīt know that they moved them around so much. Nice story!

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LADY_MARIANA 5/25/2013 2:46PM

    What a great story! I loved your pictures from your previous blog. You are so considerate!

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/24/2013 11:05PM

    Thanks for the update! I'm glad Mamma came back for him/her. I bet that was a wonderful thing to see so close up though!

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2013 10:36PM

    Good to know that Mama came back and moved the babe to another place . . . who would eat Bambi????

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FISHINGLADY66 5/24/2013 7:59PM

    I loved this story emoticon

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AJDOVER1 5/24/2013 6:01PM

    We saw an occasional deer at my old office. One of the Vice Presidents referred to them as "free-range venison." sigh

I'm glad your fawn is all right.

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CATLADY52 5/24/2013 4:16PM

    Moms know what to do. Maybe they will be kind to your hostas and not eat them all this year. emoticon

We have a small herd of deer that use out front yard as a gathering place and I've seen at least three does who will give birth this year. Apparently they don't care for snapdragons because they are the only things that have survived. emoticon

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NASFKAB 5/24/2013 1:42PM

  thanks for the update interesting

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REGILIEH 5/24/2013 1:30PM

    emoticon for bringing us up to date.

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DR1939 5/24/2013 1:07PM

    Our herd was 16 this year. And yes, they do eat everything they can find. I put whirlygigs/spinners with my bulbs this year and both the deer and the rabbits have left them alone--so far emoticon

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MEMORIES7 5/24/2013 11:52AM

    Thankyou for the update! I knew that mama would take care of her young:) Hugs, Rose:)

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SUZYMOBILE 5/24/2013 11:28AM

    What a special treat that you got to see this baby! Everyone else seems to know a lot about deer behavior, thank goodness. Now if they could just help you protect your plants.

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GABY1948 5/24/2013 11:06AM

    emoticon news. Glad to hear it. I thought it would be okay, I live far out in the country and also go through the same things you describe. Have a great weekend!

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