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Old Friendships Die Hard

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ten years ago I had the experience of a lifetime. I got up to go to the gym at four in the morning and there was a doe in labor and totally exhausted in my front yard. This doe was so tired that she literally "let" me deliver her beautiful set of twins! The experience was a lot like delivering lambs; find a mouth and they latch on and you pull with one hand and use the other to disentangle legs, shoulders, etc.....

When I finished, I dried the babies off and it began to spit snow. I carried the babies to the back yard and put them in tall grass under a low-branched scrub oak bush. Mom followed them and I worried about them all day while I was at school. I even went and bought a couple of bales of straw and took them home to make a shelter. After a few days, mom and babies were on their way. This old doe is blind in one eye and returns to my house and yard every year to show off her babies, eat a few special treats and wander off into the sunset of her life just to return the next year.


These two pictures of her show that she is blind in her right eye and sees well with her left.

This is a picture of her and last years daughter.







The above pictures show how frail the old doe is getting. However, the three largest fawns are hers. There is one smaller fawn that showed up in my yard as an orphan and just as I was deciding whether to call Game and Fish, my old and faithful doe showed up and adopted the little guy! One of these days, she will not return and although I am not ready for that day to happen I know that I will not run out of her offspring anytime soon. She brings them and introduces them and they in turn bring their families to meet me as well. I truly believe all of Gods creatures are a lot smarter than most humans give them credit for.

Have a wonderfully "Sparked" weekend!
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