These Runners Encounter A Newborn Baby Deer On The Trail

fly79Published: September 12, 2017Updated: September 13, 201751,684 views
Published: September 12, 2017Updated: September 13, 2017

Whilst on a trail run in North Devon, England, a group of friends came across a newborn baby deer in the woods. It was so young that it struggled to stand at first. The runners were amazed when it came right up to them. They didn't touch it as their scent could cause the mother to reject it.

The tiny fawn can clearly be seen lying in the middle of the trail and then men start whispering, in the hopes of not scaring the gentle animal away. The fawn is still so young, the spots on his back are clear white and his fur is still a little curly.

It was hard to leave it and carry on with the run, but they were told by the local animal shelter that they did the best thing as the mother was probably close by and would've come back for her baby. Apparently they're often left in long grass but can often stumble onto trails like this one. What an amazing experience!

A couple of brothers had a similar encounter with a different fawn, only that guy was really eager to play with them. Tyler and his big brother saw a fawn in their backyard and went to see if it needed help, but as soon as Tyler approach the young animal, it started jumping and running in circles.

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    warriorbride · 12 weeks ago

    and how can they leave a sweet deer and NOT go back and see how its doing ? It could be starving and its mom has been killed or shot or died while giving birth ? You don't know and I would have stayed and waited for a couple of hours to make SURE that the mom did come back, or I wouldn't have been able to LEAVE knowing that the poor thing might be left all alone to die.

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    connomar · 11 weeks ago

    Is this on Winston's Path from Watersmeet to Countisbury?

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    MaSlo · 11 weeks ago

    I really HATE that they left that fawn. Didn't even give it some water!!!!! That fawn was too weak for it's mom to still be around. She would have had that baby up and drinking milk. She would have kept near him. For that little guy to stumble up to hikers that way, all weak and wobbly meant that his self-preservation instinct was being overcome by his need to be helped. He needed water at the very least. I can't believe these men just left him and didn't bother to come back to see if he was still there. So someone in a wildlife sanctuary said they did the "right thing". Yeah, leaving that baby to die on it's own is the "right thing". Such big heroes all around! (sarcasm and anger).

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    ajw · 11 weeks ago

    Doe leave their fawns alone all the time. They go forage for food and then come back for it later. They do this literally every single day. Notice how you can hardly see the fawn in the beginning? You wouldn't even know it was there if you weren't looking for it. Since, as you see, it's in no position to flee from predators, hiding in one spot is the safest thing for them. They have no scent of their own yet for predators to smell, and camouflage easily. The mother always comes back. They're also just too young to fear anything yet, which is why it wasn't scared of the runners. Leaving it in the same spot, so the mother can easily find it, is exactly what you're supposed to do.

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      Edoyle7 · 11 weeks ago

      They will leave them all day, not a problem.