Jun 10-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: June: Jun 10-10
Bump in the road    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bill Haller
Newborn fawn    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bill Haller
On the edge of the road    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Chad Johnson
Waiting for momma    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Chad Johnson

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 07:34 am:

June is the month for newborn fawns to make their appearance here in the Keweenaw and it seems this week there have been a few around. Our first report is from Bill Haller and accompanies the top two photos:

Here is a rare [for us] picture of "Mother Nature's" adaptive survival skills for newborns. We had just pulled out of our drive, when ahead was what looked like a small puppy wandering down the middle of the road. As we slowed to a stop, the then apparent young fawn instinctively "dropped" for cover [even in the middle of "no-cover"]. Our concern was that he'd be hit by another, until finally a car that saw our four-way flashers blinking came close enough to scare him to his feet and off to the side of the road. Every day's an adventure in the Copper Country - always carry a camera!
I'll echo that sentiment, but also add...... then share your photos with us here at Pasty Central! :->

The bottom two photos were snapped by Chad Johnson, with the story about this little fawn coming from his mom, Dee Vencato:
My husband saw this baby walking across the road and it laid down right in the tall grass along the roadside, just out of sight. Dan drove me back out to see if it was still laying there, it was. So I had him get Chad and his camera. I was so bothered by the baby being too close to the road, that I returned and sat quietly in the van. Two deer were in the distance, never venturing close, but always nearby. I was hoping to see mama and baby saunter off together into the woods..... didn't happen! When we returned again later and the baby was gone..... I believe the mama came and it is a happy ending.
Nature is definitely amazing, how baby animals are born, walk around almost immediately and survive the challenges of growing up in the wild, right here in our backyard UP North.
Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 07:38 am:

So glad the fawns didn't get hit! You were great making sure they were ok.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 07:44 am:

Very cool pics!

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 08:15 am:

Super and "telling" pictures. Thank you!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 08:16 am:

Fawns are adorable. Happy this little baby's story here had a safe ending!

By Morning Glory (Lucylu) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 09:05 am:

AWWWW so sweet. Thanks for the pictures.

By John Robert (Mudlaker) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:09 am:

MY girlfriend and I had the same experience on Bootjack, 2 weeks ago, the fawn could walk a bit beeter than this one, but couldnt make the embankment w/ the mother, I spooked it and it went back across the road, we hung around to try and slow people down for a bit.



By John Robert (Mudlaker) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:10 am:

oops forgot this one, a bit closer.


By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:52 pm:

I didn't know baby deer could do that on a road. Interesting. And thank God it didn't get hit.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 06:19 pm:

Before I opened up the page, I was thinking that Mary/Charlie had lost it this time; showing roadkill for the Cam Notes......

Just proves that it pays to be in the right place at the right time with a camera at hand.

By Stewart Keskitalo (Skeskitalo) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 08:45 pm:

I was asked by the DNR down in the SE Michigan area to fix a fracture on a fawn in their rehab facility. The fracture was bone plated and given back to the DNR but w/o constraints on activity the fawn refractured the leg and had to be put down. I do have pictures but not now at the office as I am working. It was quite unique to work on such a precious creature.
In large animals like Barbaro they have them recover in a pool so that when they awake the thrashing about is against water not walls.I did take an orthopedics course from the same vet that treated Barbaro. That's the treats you get being a veterinarian no day is the same.

By Therese (Therese) on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 05:03 pm:

I remember many years ago seeing a mule deer and fawn in Colorado. The doe had broken its front leg which was dragging on the ground, but even with that impediment it scaled a rocky slope to get its fawn away from the road. Hearts of steel!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 09:57 pm:

Great stories and pictures!

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