Fawn at Rest


In the spring, it’s common to encounter a fawn at rest seemingly by itself. As lovers of all things outdoors, it’s in our nature to want to “rescue” what we perceive to be an orphaned animal that is seemingly vulnerable to predators nearby. Actually, most often the animal is not an orphan at all, but rather a fawn that has been placed in that spot strategically by a watchful doe nearby. The advice to anyone encountering a fawn at rest is to just leave it be.

The reason these fawn seem “oprhaned” is because a doe will usually bed a considerable distance away from its fawn after nursing it so that the fawn can avoid detection. The doe is bigger so naturally it’s easier to see.  Furthermore, the doe will go to considerable lengths in keeping her fawn scent-free from predators by consuming the fawn’s urine and droppings. So while the fawn appears considerably vulnerable, realize that great care has been taken to place it where it is and that the white spots on its coat will help it blend into its surroundings. Mother will oftentimes be nearby and will be watching attentively from a safe distance.

Chris found this curious little fella' on a walk this morning in Rusk, Texas.

Chris spotted this curious little fella’ during a walk this morning in Rusk, Texas.

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