Saturday, 8 June 2013

Clifton Hill's pet deer, Oh deer...

The following story was send to me last night:

Wayward deer mingles with tourists

Reading this story saddens  me greatly. I have known about this fawn now deer for sometime. As a matter of fact I was consulted about it last year when the fawn was still in the possession of the veterinarian involved. My advice than was 'release this fawn immediately or you will create a huge problem'.

I am not speaking ill of the person who raised this fawn, but most veterinarians are trained to work with domestic animals. For people in general (veterinarians included) it is sometimes difficult to understand the 'wild' part of wildlife. You can not treat them as pets, or they become pets. The unfortunate part is they will become pets with a little bit of wild left in them and that makes them dangerous.

Imagine a human habituated deer roaming free and now it is hunting season. This deer will not be able to tel the difference between men without guns and men with guns. You can see how this type of behavior will drastically shorten this animals live span.

Wandering in and out of traffic is also not a real healthy hobby for a deer.

The part that has been forgotten in this news paper article is that Romeo is a buck (male deer). He also clearly is suffering from an identity crisis. He never learned he actually is a deer. Now this fall Romeo will go into rut. It has been documented that hand raised confused bucks will often try to 'breed' humans rather than their own kind and will also attempt to do battle with humans for the right to breed.

Sound pretty funny, but I dare you to Google people getting hurt or worse by horny bucks. That is no joke. Deer can be dangerous. Even the little fawns I have here pack a mean punch. Their legs are extremely strong and their hooves very sharp. That is why you never try to catch an adult deer. They will shred you into bite size pieces with their hooves.

John Greer from the Welland SPCA says it all after another deer incident recently:

Store owner to have fawn memories of first weeks in business

This is why I insist on fawns getting raised by people (like myself) authorized and trained to do it properly.

"Those who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who respect their natures and wish to let them live their natural lives, love them more."
~ Edwin Way Teale

isn't it much nicer to spot a deer in it's natural habitat?

hiding...

or posing, but I used a 300mm zoom lens and was laying in hiding to take this picture


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