A few days ago a neighbor emailed me…they had found a tiny fawn in their front yard and were wondering if I had any ideas about what to do, it was alone with no mother anywhere to be seen. I told her that the best thing to do is to give it space and to leave it alone…which they were already doing.
The mother leaves them alone for many hours of the day for the first three weeks…the little ones have almost no scent and are safer left in tall grass until they get old enough to run fast enough to escape predators. . I went over with a zoom lens and took a few pictures of the tiny thing. It was surprising how well hidden it was, simply lying in the grass, completely still.
Images taken, I went home.
I hadn’t been home long when I received another message. A SECOND fawn had been found in the backyard of the property…the other fawn was still in the front yard. The second fawn had not been in backyard just hours earlier. Back down I went and quietly approached the hiding place of the newest discovery. Do you see anything in this tiny little garden? As I walked closer, I found the new baby. I don’t know if the mother just gave birth wherever she happened to be, or if she moved the fawn in amongst the rocks.
The doe will sometimes give birth to twins and when she does, she spaces them approx. 200 yards apart when she leaves them for the day. She comes back from time to time to nurse them. I’m pretty sure this had to be the case…what are the odds that TWO deer had babies in the same yard…or left them in the same yard. I took a few quick shots and retreated…it was very moving to me that the fawn was resting in front of a gravesite marker for a five-day old child. The innocents.