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An Unexpected Passenger

North Texas: It should come as no surprise that with all the miles our crew covers, one has the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife.  We try to respect their space, keep the wild things wild and the domestic things domestic.  But one day while in Texas, Willem nearly went over the top of a baby fawn in the field with his header. You can only imagine how horrific this could have been. So, his only option was to move it out of the way of the workers and place it in a safer location.

There’s always a risk when moving baby animals, but the alternative wasn’t a good one either.  The story has a happy ending and mother and baby were reunited and headed out of field together!  If deer can tell stories, I’m sure this little fawn had a big whopper for its mother!   

HPH - 2016 - Texas

Willem with his new buddy! (Photo Credit: Willem)

HPH - 2016 - Texas

Its a little hard to make out, but in the center of the photo you can see the mother deer leading the fawn out of the wheat field. (Photo Credit: Willem)

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  • Dan McGrew, now of North Carolina
    Posted at 11:19h, 02 July

    Willen is now entitled to wear a 10X Beaver with a 4.5 inch brim.
    Breaking trail after first heavy snow fall to lead entire deer herds down from mountain parks to river valley shelter has been standard for western ranchers for 175 years.
    Many of your mountain ranchers would put up hay stacks alongside elk and deer cover, often two miles from the cattle stacks in the 40s to 80s era.
    Not sure how it is done now, but will bet western ranchers still make sure the game is taken care of and fed.
    Just the same as looking out for fawns.
    Here in North Carolina in 2009, we had an Aussie femaile, Sadie, who would allow no birds, squirrels or deer within our acres.
    Then two does brought their fawns to bed down under the trees less than 25 yards from the house. Sadie appointed herself babysitter.
    When the does came in from browsing, they would touch noses with Sadie and to to feed their babies. Sadie would come in for water and food, visit us briefly — then back out to stand guard. z
    Probably part of the reason we now have a 40-head herd of eastern White Tail (What I call “mini-deer”) in our neighborhood.
    Seems right for the birthplace of Daniel Boone.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 00:10h, 07 July

      Thanks for your interesting comments, Dan!