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Jul 06, 2011 09:14 |  #1

It was a wild fawn, somebody we know picked it up off the side of the road, they didn't know that the mother often leaves them for long periods of time alone... too late to take it back now :( So we will raise it with our dog.

Just snapped these real quick in my house, i'll take some better pictures outside once she trusts us a little bit more. Should offer me some great photo/video opportunities in the future, a very loving creature.

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Jul 06, 2011 09:18 |  #2

Wouldn't it be better to take the fawn back where it was found? For some reason, trying to turn a wild animal into a family pet doesn't sound like a good idea.

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Jul 06, 2011 09:25 |  #3

snyderman wrote in post #12712646 (external link)
Wouldn't it be better to take the fawn back where it was found? For some reason, trying to turn a wild animal into a family pet doesn't sound like a good idea.

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I'd love too but we only heard about it a night and day after they took it. The guy is a business man over here so he didn't know these things, he took it home with him and kept it over night, the chances of the mother finding it again are highly unlikely at this point and we would simply send it to its death. I don't plan on keeping it forever, we will raise it in the back yard and release it into the wild (we have done it before, which is why we were called), luckily the "wild" is my back yard :)


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Jul 06, 2011 17:29 |  #4

what a beautiful creature. I'm just wondering though, if you raise it with your dog and then release it, wont it have grown up with no fear of dogs and be more susceptable to being slaughtered by dogs because it wont know to run away?




  
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Jul 06, 2011 17:38 |  #5

We did that as a kid in Central America when I was growing up. Was fine till some locals stole him out of the back yard and ate him... Watch out for hunters when he is older... oh and they can HURT with their hooves...


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Jul 06, 2011 18:36 |  #6

hope it works out for the deer. it usually doesn't.




  
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Jul 06, 2011 20:21 |  #7

I disagree. I've raised many wild animals, including deer. The important thing is to keep him away from anyone except your own family, that way they don't learn to trust other people.

If you pen him, it will have to have an 8' fence, or he'll be jumping over a regular fence in about three or four weeks. I kept my little fella in my barn with my horse (separate stalls) at night and let him wander around during the day (they will stay close until about six months. He will learn what to eat by himself, and will eventually drift away and join a local herd.

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Jul 06, 2011 20:37 |  #8

Kento you are a Godsend! Godspeed! :D




  
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Jul 06, 2011 20:48 |  #9

I wish people would leave wild young animals alone. Every year people think they are doing well to "save" the abandoned fawn when most likely the mother was nearby knowing exactly where the young one was.

If an adult animal succumbs the young will adapt or die.

If it dies, that's nature.

If it adapts, that's venison in the freezer for a hunter. :cool:

By the way: I hope you have a permit from your local game warden in order to hold a wild animal captive. Good intentions will get one fined.


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Jul 07, 2011 01:15 |  #10

Whippeticious wrote in post #12715364 (external link)
what a beautiful creature. I'm just wondering though, if you raise it with your dog and then release it, wont it have grown up with no fear of dogs and be more susceptable to being slaughtered by dogs because it wont know to run away?

Its illegal to let your dog out without a leash here in Austria so this isn't a problem.

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If you pen him, it will have to have an 8' fence, or he'll be jumping over a regular fence in about three or four weeks.
Good luck!

Thanks for the feedback greyswan, this is actually a European Roe Deer, so it will always be quite small, more like a medium sized dog or a goat, but they can still jump quite high! :)

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By the way: I hope you have a permit from your local game warden in order to hold a wild animal captive. Good intentions will get one fined.

I live in a small village in the middle of the Alps of Austria ;)


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Jul 07, 2011 06:57 |  #11

Fair enough. My message is mostly directed to the board as an educational warning.
I bet it is nice to be in a small Alpine village in Austria.


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Jul 07, 2011 19:04 as a reply to  @ Naturalist's post |  #12

Oh lucky you, Kento - my fawn was in Canada, lol, so a bit different. I visited Austria may years ago, (stayed in Vienna). Your country still has a piece of my heart!


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Jul 08, 2011 05:49 |  #13

Well, he sure is a pretty little guy. Just can't see how anyone can shoot one of these with anything but a camera.


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Jul 08, 2011 13:07 |  #14

My guess is that the mother was hit by a vehicle. Mothers in good health don't generally leave their young next to a frequently traveled roadway. Good luck raising it. As mentioned before, the odds of a normal lifespan aren't good. That said, most bucks in the US die b/f they are 2 1/2 yrs old.


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Jul 09, 2011 07:13 |  #15

Seamus69 wrote in post #12725646 (external link)
My guess is that the mother was hit by a vehicle. Mothers in good health don't generally leave their young next to a frequently traveled roadway. Good luck raising it. As mentioned before, the odds of a normal lifespan aren't good. That said, most bucks in the US die b/f they are 2 1/2 yrs old.

It's quite possible, I heard later that there was a good amount of blood where this fawn was found. She had a gash on her nose and ear, but they were not large enough to create the amount of blood that was found near her. So we assume that the blood came from another animal or her mother, and maybe she went into the forest to die alone like most animals do.


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