Last Friday morning, AB was still asleep and I was on the computer in the office. I looked out the window and nearly fell out of the chair when I saw this coming up the walkway.
I have seen deer all my life, but have never seen a baby fawn. He was brand new, too! He had the Bambi walk and everything. It took all I could do not to run out there and grab up that wobbly legged baby and claim him for our own!
I figured he’d be gone the next time I checked on him, but he wasn’t. In fact, AB and I had somewhere to be later that morning, and when we left, he was STILL laying by the cattle gap. His momma and brother were long gone and I was secretly hoping they wouldn’t come back for him, so I could take him in! (JUST what we need…I know, I know…)
Precious, I know…
When we got back later that day, he was gone, and I figured we’d never see him again.
That afternoon, I looked out the window and guess who was back! This time he was laying in the back yard. DW was home this time and got to see him. So did Annabelle! Of course I wanted a picture of her with him, and he did let her get pretty close…
But, when she made one more step, he jumped up and you would have thought the grass he was laying on was on fire! In just a few short hours he’d gone from barley being able to walk to running full speed. He ran all around the yard but couldn’t get through the fence, and he was too short to jump over it like the grown deer. We went around to the front of the house to check on him, and ya’ll he fell in the cattle gap. I was in tears, scared that he’d fallen in and broken a leg and I had no idea how we were going to get him out. DW wasn’t very happy with me (for trying to get so close to him in the first place and then scaring him). He walked over to get him out of the cattle gap and that baby deer looked like a jack russell puppy! He jumped straight up and out of it! It was crazy… thankfully he was able to get out and was okay!
I thought for sure we’d seen the last of “Flag” (If you went to school in Florida then surely you read (or watched the movie) "The Yearling” so you’ll get his name…it was cousin William’s idea to name him that..)--- but just guess who has been in our yard almost every day since?!?!?
Not ONE, but TWO “Flags”!!! TWINS!!!
(The picture is so bad because it was through the window…I didn’t want to scare them off by going outside…)
I haven’t seen them together again in the yard, but I looked out our bedroom window, Thursday morning, and “Flag-1” and “momma-deer” were in the backyard. That afternoon, they were back and came right up to the glass doors off our sunroom, too!
We’ve had lots of deer in our yard (but never a fawn) and even though we see them all the time, it NEVER gets old! I just love it, and even though they eat our flowers, I hope they always come back…especially with their babies. :)
I’m not sure what kind of impact this is going to have on DW’s hunting season, though.
I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know if he gets a deer this year.