Friday, June 10, 2016

Boots, Gandalf, and Galadriel

Yesterday, I noticed a doe wandering around the house. From the way she was acting, I thought she either had a fawn close by, or was getting ready to have one.

I named her "Boots" because of her two front white legs.

Around 10 a.m., I glanced out my window to see Boots beneath the blue spruce, having a baby!
Unfortunately, because the tree limbs hang so low to the ground, I was not able to get good shots of the birth.

It turned out to be two babies!


One was a little darker in color and larger than the other.

They were about the size of large rabbits.

They moved out into the sunshine for a minute.

Mom stood up, and they went back to get their first milk.

Mom sure picked good covering, didn't she?

 
That was hard work, I'm sure, having just been born!

Then she moved them, as I knew she would. I went to the other window and grabbed this shot as they passed
our tiny little garden.



I was able to get a good shot of this one!
I waited just a moment - I don't walk that fast, anyway - and then slipped out the back door to see where they went.
I saw Boots with this baby, but the other was nowhere to be seen.


Then I spotted it peeking around this tree. It was a long way from it's mother. I started backing toward the door.


To my surprise, the little one went in the other direction.

I snapped shots as I backed away and went to go back inside.

The baby took a couple of hops, and ended up under another blue spruce.


And this is where it lay for hours.
I fretted over the little fawn most of the day, because I was afraid I'd interfered with some bonding process or something. I saw Boots come back about 11:30, but when I went out at 2 p.m. to see, the little fawn was still there. But sometime between 2 and 5, she came back and found it. I was quite relieved.

The little twins now sport the names Gandalf and Galadriel. In a few weeks I won't know which fawns running around here are them, actually, so I suppose every fawn this summer will be called those names.

It made for an interesting change of pace, at any rate.

5 comments:

  1. How precious they are! You were lucky to be in just the right place at the right time.

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  2. What a fantastic adventure. Great photos. And I'm so glad Mom decided to accept the second fawn!

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  3. What a cool occasion you were privileged to witness.

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