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Spring Babe | by Larry W Brown
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Spring Babe

Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


A small whitetail fawn, hunkered down in rain kissed vegetation. This tiny babe was probably 1-2 days old at the time this photo was taken. They instinctively know to get down in grassy cover and stay put until mom gives them the signal to get up. Sometimes though this is not always the ideal situation for a new fawn because predators can (and do) move in quickly and easily without any resistance whatsoever.


A doe will move her fawn shortly after giving birth, consuming its urine and feces, and then leaving the fawn hidden and alone most of the time to help prevent predators from targeting its location. Generally the doe will remain somewhere in the vicinity of the fawn, feeding and/or bedded down, and will not give you the slightest clue that she has a fawn.



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Taken on June 6, 2009