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White-tailed Deer Giving Birth

In late May or early June white-tailed deer give birth. A young doe usually has a single fawn; twins are usual in a mature female, and occasionally triplets are produced. Predators often overlook newborn fawns due to the fact that they have almost no body odor, and their reddish brown coat with white spots provides excellent camouflage. Because of this, a fawn’s tendency is to freeze if approached by another animal. The mother leaves her fawns in a secluded habitat within her home range (up to 200 feet from each other) while she goes off to forage, returning periodically to nurse them and to take them to a new location. If you should come across a fawn in a field, it’s best to leave it alone -- do not assume it’s been abandoned, as its mother is probably close by and tending to its every need.

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One response

  1. Shiela

    An adorable shot, Mary! Right in your own back yard? I’ll keep my eye out! Loved your dragon fly shot, too.
    cheers,
    Shiela

    June 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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