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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Damn Cute

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6806MDF1 copy, originally uploaded by Oregon Wild.

There is a bit of a story behind this cute little fawn...

On an early morning trip near Troy Oregon, I was driving on a dirt track that was being used by logging trucks, and coming around a sharp corner what do I see? A mule deer doe and her newborn fawn - on the road. I slow to a quick stop and the doe runs off, while the fawn drops in the middle of the road and "hides" in plain sight.

I have worked around animals and biologists most of my adult life, and from experience I knew the fawn could be handled, and moved, without ill consequence if I worked quickly. Normally, I just leave wild animals alone, but I had to move the fawn off the road so it wouldn't be squashed by the next log truck.

I carefully picked up the little fellow and moved it about 30 yards into the woods, snapped a few shots with my camera, and left the scene.

The mother will call the fawn out of hiding when she perceives the coast is clear.

3 comments:

Jason Ertel said...

Great story behind a great shot!

Regards,
Jason

kurt said...

very cute - indeed. great shot, a lovely portrait of a beautiful animal.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see people taking care of wildlife. Good job !

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