THE LITTLE ONES…


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.

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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.

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23 thoughts on “THE LITTLE ONES…”

  1. That gave me the shivers…in a good way. I didn’t know any of that about how the deer are with there little ones. Your neighbours obviously called the right person to find out what to do.

    1. Over the eight years that I watched “Mama”, the three legged deer In my little book, I did some research and learned a little and talked to people and learned a LOT! Still learning…

  2. This is common practice with a lot of our antelope in South Africa… the Sable will leave their fawn for the whole day, impala do much the same yet remain close at hand… springbok put theirs in a creche where you can see 100s together… (often wonder how they find their own) … others like wildebeest give birth and within an hour or so the young is capable of running with the parents the whole time…
    But my advise to any one “leave nature to its own” which was great advise in this case, if you know the animal or are even an expert, still leave it alone….
    I love that the one was holed up and the grave site.

    1. Fascinating about the animals in South Africa…especially the springbok!
      The one at the base of the grave site really struck me too…so sweet.

  3. Many years ago, before my wife Melanie and I were married, we rented a canoe for a trip down a river. It was quiet with no one else around. We rounded a bend and started hearing a muffled bleating sound. An agitated doe was back from the shore looking anxious.

    We listened and zeroed in on the bleats. They were coming from a hole in the bank of the river. I paddled us close to the hole. Melanie looked in and saw a tiny fawn. It had fallen into the hole from the ground above and couldn’t get back out.

    Melanie reached in, grabbed some legs and guided it out in her embrace. She lifted it up onto the flat grassy area away from that hole. We paddled away as momma doe came to check her baby.

    It had been in there for a while. It was covered with mud and poop. Melanie was rather a mess. That shirt didn’t get to come home with us from the camping trip. We hope the fawn was alright in the end.

    1. Wow! What an experience! I hate to say it, but I laughed when I read about Melanie’s shirt! What a wonderful thing you did..I’m sure the baby did well after it’s frightening fall.

  4. I hardly know what to say about the fawn at the gravestone. Kinda choked up.

    Do keep us posted. I’ll be worrying about those two.

    1. I know what you mean about being choked up…..the mother did come back for the babies and I’m thinking that they’ll do well..we’ll all be looking out for them, that’s for sure.

  5. Beautiful post! I’m so glad you mentioned that people should leave fawns alone. Just because they look deserted, they are not abandoned. Imagine being the mother who later comes looking for her fawn and finds it gone.

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