This isn't right!

Yesterday I saw something that disturbed me: a very young fawn running around the front yard! It was probably a week old at most.

I was talking on the phone at the time and when I pulled out the camera it said "card not formatted" -- which is a problem I've been having lately -- so I had to navigate menus to format while talking and also following the fawn from window to window. Since mom was nowhere to be seen I assume the little one was in a panic, probably scared by the work crews.


Needless to say I only managed to get a single blurry, distant shot before it ran off -- which makes me mad because it was so close to the house at one point...

...but this little deer is three months late! What are its chances of surviving the winter even if it found its mother? Does this happen often?

I really hope I don't have to bury another fawn...


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Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (September 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM)  

I feel the mother will find her fawn and all will be well. The young one does seem late, but not late enough for too much worry. July is less than 3 months in the past.

Chickadee Gardens  – (September 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM)  

Oh no...I hope they are reunited. I saw our resident mom deer with her two babies for a long time then one was on her own with mom nowhere to be found. A week later they were all together again, I think your little fawn could be just fine. Let us hope.

outlawgardener  – (September 30, 2016 at 12:36 PM)  

I hope this ends happily for everyone. May your camera formatting problem go away soon!

Rock rose  – (September 30, 2016 at 9:33 PM)  

It does seem strange that it was born so late. Keep your eyes open for the fawn having found its mother and report back.

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (October 1, 2016 at 4:09 PM)  

The world can be a very dangerous place, we just have to hope for the best.

Lisa  – (October 2, 2016 at 1:24 PM)  

Late born fawns are typically a result of either a very young doe or a very old one. In the wild, it's probably more likely the former. The chances of survival are very slim, sadly. Not a big deer fan - either in the garden or on the roads - but I never like to see them suffer.

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