Thursday, 17 May, 2001

Newborn Fawn

It's fawning season (or is that calving season?) for the neighborhood deer.  Last week my neighbor came home to find a doe with a new fawn in his yard.  He got some video footage of the fawn's first steps.  A couple of days later I scared a very young fawn with the lawn mower.  This morning on the way to work, I saw a doe and new fawn in my other neighbor's yard, and let Debra know.  She went over with the camera and got the picture to the left.  Debra actually found two fawns.  One was either stillborn or died shortly after birth (the one in the picture is the live one).  Twins?  Probably, as multiple births aren't uncommon with our neighborhood deer.

The deer are a mixed blessing.  I like having wildlife in the neighborhood (we also have opossums, raccoons, armadillo, snakes, lizards, tarantulas, and roadrunners), but the deer eat most ornamental plants, and almost all of the food plants.  Some of our neighbors set out deer corn for them, which I find obnoxious.  Fortunately, nobody does that for long--feeding a herd of 25 deer can get rather expensive.