Hidden fawns

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:

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Two white-tailed deer fawns (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) photographed 05/14/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

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.

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White-tailed deer fawn (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) photographed 05/14/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Fawns instinctively curl up and remain motionless when threatened. They also emit very little odor, preventing predators from discovering their hiding spots.

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White-tailed deer fawn (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) photographed 05/14/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

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.

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White-tailed deer fawn (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) photographed 05/14/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

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.

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White-tailed deer fawn (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) photographed 05/14/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Their mother was foraging nearby, and after I left they got up to meet her.

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White-tailed deer (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus) photographed 05/14/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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4 Responses to Hidden fawns

  1. I watched an interesting program on deer… Interesting… Cute photos… Michelle

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  2. Mike Powell says:

    So beautiful and so vulnerable. What a special moment for you.

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  3. Deborah Goodsite says:

    Beautiful! Thank you–

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  4. I really enjoyed the photos and background information was very informative.

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