The other morning I witnessed three deer munching on our front landscaping. Over the two years we’ve lived here we’ve seen this same doe come through our yard with her fawns—each year, a new set of two fawns. We’ve seen infant fawns, child fawns, and full-grown fawns or deer. Once, much to our dismay and outright terror actually, the two fawns lured Arthur out of his electric fence and into the woods to play. Of course, they had long since ditched him as they ran away, leaving him befuddled, scared, and frozen in place within sight in the woods.
I forgave the fawns. They almost seem like pets. I’ve been wanting to leave some apples out for these deer as a special treat. So after seeing them eating our bushes, I bought some apples and put three in the bushes. This is what I saw later in that afternoon. (As you know, the deer vocabulary is quite limited, but you’ll get the idea.)
The first deer (one of the fawns) finds the apple.
The doe sees her.
Hummm, what has she found now?
But movement is detected in the house, or perhaps a little flash goes off. All three deer look up and freeze.
What is going on in there?
I’m not worried about it, the fawn thinks. This is good.
That apple’s looking pretty good, the doe thinks.
I’m going to get a taste of that.
Hey, I found that apple, the fawn says.
What is going on over there? the doe wonders.
The second fawn gets curious and comes over to see what is so interesting.
Hey guys, the second fawn says. Wazzup?
I get some too, he says.
You’re hogging it, the doe says.
Hey, it’s my turn he says.
I really wish I knew what was going on over there, the doe thinks.
Back off, the fawn says. You’ve had your share.
Ummm. That’s tasty, the doe says.
The fawn sees his chance, snags the apple and backs away with it. He finishes it off.
That’s really starting to get annoying, the doe thinks.
Now that the apple is gone. The deer go back to the bushes. They don’t find the other two apples I left closer to the house.
Why do you keep doing that to us? the doe wonders.
Or maybe she’s thinking, was it you that gave us the apple?
The three deer leave by the side yard. I don’t know what they said after that. I couldn’t hear them anymore.