Mule Deer Fawns - Innocent Creatures
|Twin Mule Deer Fawns|
One of the things I love about living in the mountains is observing the abundant wildlife. We routinely see elk and mule deer grazing peacefully around the townsite.
The highlight of every spring is the same, mule deer doe that comes back to the yard and gives birth to twin fawns. They must feel safe in this locale because they stay all summer long.
The fawns are up and moving almost immediately as they follow closely behind their mother. If she leaves the area, the little ones are given strict orders to get down and remain still.
I've seen them lay and remain completely frozen for several hours. When mom returns, the curious fawns pop back up and continue to explore their surroundings.
At such an early age they are extremely vulnerable to numerous predators. Ochre color tones and white spots allow the fawns to blend perfectly into the mountainside.
The tiny creatures seem helpless at first but within a few days they're able to move around very quickly. Just don't let their innocent look fool you.
It won't be long before they're stirring up trouble in the neighborhood - eating flowers, running out in the street and just causing a general ruckus. They kind of remind me of my own, two kids.
|The highlight of every Spring|
|They stay all summer|
|Following mother closely|
|They remain still|
|Exploring their surroundings|
|They are vulnerable|
|Ochre colored with white spots|
|They can move around quickly|
|Not as innocent as they look|
|Causing a general ruckus|