Looking for fawns

@savypat (20246)
United States
July 3, 2011 9:31am CST
This morning I get to tour the fields looking for fawns. We are going to mow these fields and the deer hide their new born fawns in them. These little animals will not move regardless of the noise the tractor makes. Unfortunately we did not know they hid them there in the field and ran over one when we first started mowing for fire. Ever since that time we make sure we check before we mow. Life in the country can be very hard and the lessons learned often painful, so you better learn them the first time around.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
3 Jul 11
hello pat, i guess you will mow a very big field. i get very interested, what do you do with the fawns? do you keep them? what about their mom deer? would she come looking for the fawn? ann
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@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
3 Jul 11
This was the first question that popped into my mind as well. How you going to move them?
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
3 Jul 11
No we do not touch them, Mom might not accept them back if the smell of human. If we find one we leave that portion of the filed for another day.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
okay. thank you for making that clear. but does it not come to your mind to adopt some that you find? is it difficult to take care of? ann
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
3 Jul 11
They are hiding well here in Ohio! My dad and stepmom usually see the fawns and their mothers from their back windows by this time of year but nothing so far. And two weeks ago I saw a doe in the middle of the road just sauntering along not even frightened by my car. I had to honk the horn to make her move. The wildlife is acting strangely here this year. During the last snow we saw a possum foraging for food but it would not eat the scraps that my stepmom had thrown out into the field for the animals an hour or so previous to that. They have only 2 hummingbirds this year and usually have 3 pair. Very strange.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
3 Jul 11
BTW, I'm so glad you look before you mow!! That would be looked upon as strange here, where we have too many deer and they destroy the crops and gardens but I don't think any animal deserves to be mowed over and I appreciate your compassion.
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@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
3 Jul 11
I think the extremes in the weather has impacted the wildlife. We've got deer trying to cross a major highway because of the river in flood. But I don't think it's only the deer that are affected.
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• Canada
4 Jul 11
Its so nice to know that some people care for the wild animals out there. My hubby's sister is living with a man who owns a dairy farm. He's so cruel to the animals that I dont want to go there anymore. I hate when she calls to tell me they're coming over. He knows how I feel and yet he'll keep telling me stories about how he hurt one of his cows or the chicken that his son has. He was nearly killed once because a cow ram into him. Good for her I thought but she ended up with a good beating. I hate him. I know that one day, he'll get hurt and wont be able to get up. I try to tell him that if he's rough with the animals, they will be rough with him but its to no avail. He's downright stupid. So to know that you take the time to look for fawns before you mow the field is great. Bless you!!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
6 Jul 11
People who are hateful to animals often come from a tradition that states God made animals for man to use and they deserve not respect from us. They miss so much and if you believe in Karma, what goes around comes around. He'll get his. If not maybe Dante's hell has a special for him.
@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
4 Jul 11
Oh Pat I am so glad that you do this. I know it must have been a horrible experience running over that first one. What do you do with them once you find them? Relocate them or mow around them? I am surprised that they do not move. That is rather shocking. Thank you for being so kind.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Jul 11
The reason these little guys do not move is it is part of their protection from preditors. They have no smell at this age and so Momma deer hides them and they will not move from that spot until Mom releases them. We avoid them when found if we interferred in anyway Mom may reject them.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
6 Jul 11
I've never had the pleasure of living in the country, but I am glad that you take the time to look for the fawns before you start to mow the field. It would be a shame to lose another one when it has already inadvertantly happened once. You are also right that some of the lessons that you learn when living in the country are lessons that are very painful to learn, so it is best to learn them the first time that a mistake is made.
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@bingchen (1126)
• China
4 Jul 11
maybe what you do let me think what's the life?altough every animal has it's life rule.but sometimes they should face bad situation and their enemy's disruption and let them put into dificulty.maybe we need to do something for them.altough what we do for them is very scarely ever,but at least it express us that we love them and protect them
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• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Hi Savypat, That's exactly what I used to do. After ripping the grass off, I let them dry from the sun for a day and rake and mow them at the center for firing. Check for Fawns, Bird Nests, or any Living things that could be burned or even hurt while the hay burns.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Jul 11
My grandparents were successful farmers during their time. They worked hard in the field from morning till dawn without any machinery but depended on human labor. They withstood the hot sun that baked the skins resulting in dark and wrinkled skins. As long as I can remember they have never worn new clothes as they never have parties to go but worked till old age forced them to surrender. The fruits of their hard labor is what we the grandchildren are enjoying now. I agree that life in the country is not easy but those who have experienced the hard knocks of country life are able to understand and accept that life is not a bed of roses.
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