Montana Outdoors

July 13, 2017

A small measure of cuteness on a hot summer day

Filed under: Animals, White-tail deer — Tags: — montucky @ 7:52 pm

Whitetail fawn

Every once in awhile every summer a whitetail doe brings her fawn (or fawns) into my side yard for some free babysitting. She will leave for several hours and then return for the little one. She must somehow understand that the baby will be safe here while she is gone and there is plenty of clover to eat and access to a good supply of fresh water (that I always keep for the birds).

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  1. Lovely spotted deer! Thanks and congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 13, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

  2. What a beauty too.
    You must feel very honoured to be trusted with such a precious gift from the wild.

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    Comment by Vicki — July 13, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

    • I do indeed feel honored. The first time it happened I was just amazed, but now I think I understand.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

  3. We had a mama raccoon who used to bring her babies and leave them on our deck while she went to (?) the office.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — July 13, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    • It’s pretty cool when a wild animal is that perceptive. They often know a lot more than we think they do, and hopefully they are good judges of character.

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      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

  4. So good to know they feel safe there. Beautiful photo.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 13, 2017 @ 8:09 pm

  5. So VERY cute! What an honour! 🙂

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 14, 2017 @ 5:05 am

    • As I watched the fawn for quite awhile, it would periodically get up and run around the yard “bucking” like a young horse does in the morning, then settle down again after a drink. What is wonder is why it will stay in the area of the yard for so long without its mother present. It’s as though it was following some kind of instructions.

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      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2017 @ 8:01 am

  6. What a lovely fawn! Those are the precious moments!

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — July 14, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  7. Free fawn-sitting service, huh? Mama Doe knows you’re a nature lover. Really sweet photo!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 14, 2017 @ 9:50 am

  8. Wow, so exciting, I wouldn’t have been able to leave the yard with the fawn there. Nice how her spots blend with the clover.

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    Comment by Candace — July 14, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

  9. It’s wonderful when an animal shows that it trusts you. It doesn’t happen to me often but when it does it’s magical.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

  10. Love those alert big ears. Looks like she’s (or he’s) smiling….I am, too.

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    Comment by jpostol — July 14, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

    • Yes. The little one has much better control over the ears than over its extremities.

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      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

  11. Interesting how the clover mimics the white spots on the fawn.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 14, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

  12. The first time I heard of the baby-sitting phenomenon, a friend in Oklahoma had a mama begin leaving twin fawns in a small orchard near her house. The mother would leave for hours at a time, and the fawns rarely moved. She said the first time she found them, the dappled light led her to almost literally stumble over them, but they didn’t spook. It has to be instinctual, and its something to behold. I laughed at your comment about mom heading to the office. If only humans could leave their youngsters on their own that way when they head off to work. It certainly would make things easier!

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 16, 2017 @ 4:58 am

    • I think that wildlife that lives near us in very rural settings fairly quickly figures out who is friendly and who they have to watch out for. I never try to tame them, but I do respect their instinctual patterns and am forgiving for some of the damage those patterns can sometime cause. When I plant a garden I always plant enough so we all can have some.

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      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2017 @ 7:44 am

  13. Cute. Excellent shot.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 18, 2017 @ 4:38 am

  14. So dear/deer 😉
    One of the loveliest fawn photos that I have ever seen.

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    Comment by Tammie — July 18, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

    • His Mom brought the little one back again today for another visit!

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      Comment by montucky — July 18, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

  15. That is Great! And fun to see! When I used to have a large yard with a pond quite often deer would sleep at night by the pond and be there in the morning. I even had a fox that would watch me once in a while cut the lawn on a tractor. It was fun to see.

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — July 21, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

    • I enjoy nearly all of the wild visitors; skunks, not so much. We even had a wolf walk up the driveway one day several years ago.

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      Comment by montucky — July 21, 2017 @ 7:27 pm


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