Help for a deer who has lost her fawn, a fawn worried about her looks, and a young buck whose antler has fallen off.
Help, I am a mother deer, I leave my fawn everyday while I go to eat, she is only a week old,and today I came back to feed her but she was gone. There is no blood, and I know she would not have left, what is the matter?
Signed, Doe the Deer
Dear Doe the Deer
You have every right to be worried, your young fawn has probably been taken by a person who thought she was abandoned. Hopefully the person will realize their mistake and return her where they found her. Mother deers, like yourself, frequently continue to look for their lost fawns for days. Sadly many people do not realize that mother deer regularly leave their fawns like this and the fawns are best left alone. Hopefully more people read learn about what to do when they find a fawn in the forest.
Help I am a young fawn, a baby deer, and I am a little worried about being different. My mother looks nothing like me, I have white spots, and she does not. Am I sick?
Do not worry little fawn, the spots are for your protection. They make it harder for you to be seen in the woods. The word for this is camouflage, and to a predator you look like spots of sunlight shining through the trees, rather than a deer. Eventually your spots will grow into a solid pattern like your mother has, by then you will be stronger and faster to run away.
Hello, I am a young buck, I have these things growing on my head, I guess they are called antlers. Anyhow I have been itching my antlers lately and one of them fell right off. It scared me, what is happening?
No need to worry, this is normal for male deer. Antlers are different than horns, horns do not fall off, but antlers fall off every fall, or winter. This means you do not have to carry around a huge set of antlers throughout the winter. In the spring you will quickly start to regrow another set of antlers which will be bigger than the set you had this year. That set of antlers will also fall off.