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Three-month-old Fawns Soon To Lose Spots

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By the end of August, White-tailed Deer fawns are about three months old. Their mother weans them between two and four months of age and during this time they molt, losing their white spots. A new gray-brown winter coat replaces the coat they were born with.

 

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5 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Spots look so cute…I know, it’s for camouflage. On top of it’s head, near left ear, looks like an injury.

    August 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

    • I believe this is a male, and those spots are where his antlers will appear next spring!

      August 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      • Alice Pratt

        I was thinking about “antler spots” but it didn’t look obvious that it was both sides…was concerned about infection.

        August 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm

  2. Bill On The Hill...

    Back at Alice… Reasonable assumption, possibly a skirmish wound from playing around. I was thinking a young males buttons for future antlers, but they would typically be located a tad further back next to the base of the ear.
    Speaking of ears, in typical fashion, the youngster has it’s left ear pointed up-hill, for defensive purposes & it’s other ear pointed at the photographer!
    Bill…

    August 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

  3. Alma_0623

    This is an incredibly powerful photo! Wow.

    August 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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