Wednesday, July 09, 2014

An Awe Fillled Moment



Another unusually hot day causing me to spend less time outside under the baking sunshine and more time on the computer.  Hubby returns from running some errands and there is excitement in his voice.

"Tabor, come outside,  I want to show you something."

"What?"  I sigh.

"A baby fawn...on the outside of the fence."

"What?!"

He sets down a package and continues, "I got out of the car and heard this bleating sound.  I thought it was some strange new bird and so went toward it and there on the outside of the deer fence was this fawn calling out."

Tabor never rarely misses a photo op and so I grabbed the camera and garden shoes.  Hubby and I hurried to the fence behind my herb bed.  We scanned the foliage carefully.  The sun was bright and the shadows were very dark.  Nothing.  I walked along the side of the fence looking.  Nothing.

Well, damn it, I will just walk outside around the fence!  It is about a half block long so it took me some time to get through the driveway gate and make my way around through brambles and poison ivy and prickly holly to the edge of the ferns where hubby said he had last seen the fawn.

We gently looked everywhere and were just about to give up when hubby stepped back to turn around and head back to the house and at his heels there looking up at him was the tiniest little fawn I had ever seen bleating so sadly.  We must have stood there in shock and awe for some time before we decided that the fawn must have lost its mother to come up to us.  We easily lifted it into our arms, took it into the house and tried to give it some water, which it lapped very hesitantly.  We took it outside to the fenced garden, afraid our air-conditioning might be too much of a shock for such a little thing, and then came back inside and called DNR for help.

They referred us to a local rehabilitation house (a home) run by a retired vet, I think, hubby had done all the talking on the phone.

We wrapped the fawn in a towel and I placed it on my lap in the car and hubby started the GPS and proceeded to the house on the other side of the county.    A young teenage girl, who worked for the vet, brought us inside.  The animal house itself was a disaster.   It smelled like a zoo, there was junk every where, floors needed washing, rugs needed vacuuming.  The vet, who had been showering, greeted us in a bathrobe and was also surprised at how tiny this fawn was.  Born maybe just days ago!  Even he had to take a photo!

He weighed it, felt its stomach, and looked at its eyes and declared it very healthy and recommended we return it to the woods.  He said there was food still in the stomach.  We were glad he said this, because I do know sometimes mothers leave their young for some time, and did not want to keep it or leave it with him in that disaster of a home.

We took the little beastie home, washed it down with a damp clean cloth to remove any of our smell and returned it to the woods.  It stood there looking longingly at us as we placed it on shaky little spindle legs and did not move.  I pushed its behind gently and it finally walked into the deep ferns and amazingly disappeared almost instantly.  We have not seen or heard from it since, so I am hoping is well!  That is, until that little creature becomes a yearling and starts eating our shrubbery next year!!




26 comments:

  1. beautiful photos and I think you did right. The mothers do leave them and people take them away not realizing the mother will be back. Hope it all works out well but it knows a good place to return if something had happened to the mom.

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  2. Sweet little thing. Rough world for babies these days. I enjoyed your pictures as always.

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  3. We find them around here all the time, the mother leaves them and they get back together again...but one that small - nope. Never seen one that tiny.

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  4. I've seen a few deer around our house but never one as small as yours. I guess the moral here is to leave baby animals alone so their mothers will return to them. But I'm an animal lover like you and I couldn't have left this cutie unattended.

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  5. What we tell people when they find unattended small kittens is to adopt an attitude of watchful waiting. See if mom comes back in a reasonable amount of time, and make sure no predators come near. Most of the time, mama comes back, and i hope that's what happened here.

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  6. What a little beauty. I do hope it was reunited with its mother.

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  7. Those eye lashes! How adorable. I hope the mother finds her baby and keeps better track next time.

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  9. Hi There, Just deleted my comment after going back and re-reading your post...

    Oh My Heart. What a Cutie and SO tiny. What will happen to the fawn if Mama doesn't come back??? Keep us posted on this one.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Adorable... you did all the right things. I hope its mother returned for the wee one.

    Thank you for sharing your experience and photos.

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  11. Wow! What an experience for you and the fawn.

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  12. I hope the baby doesn't come back to eat your flowers, but also that it doesn't run out in front of a car, like so many do here in Texas. So cute...thanks for sharing with us!

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  14. Oh, I so hope it's mom comes back soon. Please keep us posted. :)

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  15. Look at those lashes! What a story - that is the tiniest fawn I've ever seen.

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  16. But it was healthy, not premature or anything. Good luck to the little beast!

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  17. Oh the little beauty!!!!!!!
    I must admit I would have had a horrible time setting it free again. I'd have been too scared he wouldn't make it. It is a rough world out there for such a little one. I'll just picture a reunion between mother and baby in my head to make me feel better. ;)
    Well done, you!

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  18. Oh my.. if there could be perfection in a little being, this must be it. Yes, they are often left "hidden" for long periods. I'm glad the vet knew to look in its stomach.. particularly since you couldn't stomach leaving that sweet angel with him. You and hubby are kind, caring people. But I already knew that. Here's hoping mama and fawn had a fine reunion. Beautiful, beautiful little thing.

    Did you take note of some outstanding marking or feature to see if you'd recognize it again?

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  19. wow! so very tiny! i hope it made it. and congrats on your POTW!

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  20. Definitely an awwww story.
    I hope it found it's mother and there is a happy ending.

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  21. Awwww - what amazing and delightful shots.

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  22. Ah, beautiful......and yes, you did the right thing leaving it for its Momma. She will come.

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  23. Aww-dorable! We have lots of fawns around here and they always tell us to just leave them alone. But with that one bleating, I can understand why you were concerned! I hope it's mom came back! (Definitely a sweet!)

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  24. How sweet. I've never seen one so small!

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