Three fawns appeared in our backyard recently. On the first morning, a doe led the fawns to the willow tree. They laid down, but the doe disappeared. For the next three mornings, when we woke up and looked out the kitchen window, the fawns were under the tree, but with no doe in sight.
On the third morning, I decided it was time to shoo them back to the woods where they belonged. When I walked toward them, they only looked curious and made no moves to stand. I wanted them to leave by my presence rather than by the loud noise of the tractor about to mow the backyard. Finally, they wandered off. We haven’t seen them since that day.
I read that does can have three in a litter, but twins are more common. Also, as fawns, they don’t understand they are deer, and we are humans. That was abundantly clear in their reaction to my approach.
I was torn. I wanted them to stay because of their adorableness. But as someone who has worked with wildlife biologists, I know these wild creatures needed to maintain a healthy fear of humans and their big machines. The woods and forests are the best places for them, not in my backyard to give me a thrill as I pour my morning coffee.
Safe passage, you dear (deer) fawns.