When I looked out a back window of our home early this morning I spotted something small moving in our overly deep yard grass. Looking closer I saw it was a very small, alert fawn, huddled down low. I quickly got my camera with 200mm lens and made the following photos.
The deer definitely saw me but didn’t move. At first I wondered if it was sick or wounded. Or if it had been abandoned by its mother. It was interesting watching it “watching” not only me, but also squirrels and birds nearby. After I made the last image below I decided to walk a bit closer to see if there was anything wrong. As I approached, the Fawn jumped up and ran into the woods next to the house next door.
I found out later this sort of thing is very normal. For those less than three weeks old, a doe will often place its fawn somewhere “safe” knowing it can’t keep up with the older deer. I just found it before the mother had a chance to come back. I also read that attempting to “rescue it” is illegal in some areas. Any doubt, call animal control.
I’m glad there wasn’t anything visibly wrong with the fawn, and if all goes well, soon it will be munching on vegetation just like all the rest that live in our neighborhood. Too many actually, but photos like these make me more sympathetic to that situation. How can you not love that face!