Yesterday I was out and about in a southeast Michigan meadow, and along the way I noticed a couple of somethings hiding in the short foliage:
Betrayed by the white surfaces of their inner ears, I was able to spot two white-tailed deer fawns (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) hiding among the nascent plants.
Fawns instinctively curl up and remain motionless when threatened. They also emit very little odor, preventing predators from discovering their hiding spots.
Although the spotted coats of fawns may help them blend in with forest leaf litter and dead foliage, it wasn’t helping them much among this lush greenery.
Not much bigger than house cats, these young deer were probably less than a week old. Their tiny size and wobbly legs suggested they were born only recently.
Their mother was foraging nearby, and after I left they got up to meet her.