It was a hot one today. 105 Degrees, for the second day. That's fairly unusual around here (Appalachian South Carolina). 100 is typical, but not 105.
In the late afternoon, a fawn came into the yard, and laid down under a sprinkler I had set up in the garden. Odd, but I didn't think much of it. I'd seen this and other fawns around lately, but never so close to the house, and always within sight of the mother.
Later in the afternoon, I was surprised to see the fawn sitting in front of the garage door like a dog waiting for it's master to come home. This is the deepest shade spot around the house, so I supposed that was the reason.
Now, I'm mildly concerned that something happened to the fawn's mother. I haven't seen her around, and this fawn is CLEARLY not weaned. It's not much bigger than a large house cat. I set water out, in case it doesn't know how to get to the branch or wet spring - but I would think that if she were around, I would have eventually seen the mom. I got close enough to touch the fawn, but didn't.
Anyone have any thoughts?
I always figured if I ever had kids I'd press them into labor
My initial reaction was that mom is definitely dead or otherwise incapacitated. In all likelihood impacted by the grille of a vehicle. However a quick google search returned this article from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama.... Having gone to UGA and UAH I am naturally skeptical of anything from the loveliest village on the plain but in this case it does seem to be well-reasoned.
Given the heat I'd leave a sprinkler on in the shade and watch for dogs and coyotes.
Excellent article, JD - Thanks!
Sprinkler is on.
Out here on the left coast, the rule is leave the critter alone. Mom usually rounds up her strays during the evening. It's actually illegal to try and move or care for some of the local wildlife (Canada Geese in particular). If the fawn is still around after a day or two, then it's time to call animal rescue. Oftimes, when untrained folks try to capture and relocate wild animals, both the animal and the rescuer wind up injured.
While deer aren't a feature of my neighborhood (I'm rather away from the "open space/housing tract interface", we get possums, raccoons,and the odd turkey all the time..and after several years, I still haven't convinced my daughter that she isn't feeding the "poor wild kitties" when she puts that bowl of cat kibble out on the front porch.