Monday, July 10, 2017

Animal behavior

A doe and fawn wandered into my back yard this morning, just outside the window where I happened to be sitting. They were unaware of me and went about their business.

The fawn was browsing, or really just tasting a little bit of this and a little bit of that. They were on the forest border so this was wild vegetation, nothing I needed to protect. It just seemed to sampling the menu rather than eating a meal.

The mother, however, was nibbling and licking the baby's hindquarters and rear legs while this was going on. Perhaps this had to do with hygiene -- removing ticks and whatever other external parasites there might have been. Then she apparently heard something concerning in the distance and went into an alert posture, staring fixedly into the distance and moving her ears around. They ran away when I went out to the sun porch and the mother noticed me.

The deer population is seriously out of control, and it's a problem. On the other hand they're fun to watch.

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