Whitetail deer are giving birth across most parts of North America. Here are ten timely facts about our beloved spotted fawns.
There is nothing more adorable than a whitetail fawn. With their oversized eyes and ears, partnered with wobbly and toothpick-thin legs, they really are a combined mixture of awkward cuteness. Here are ten fun facts about whitetail deer fawns.
1. Most fawns will attempt to stand within the first ten minutes of being born. Most will succeed before twenty minutes is up.
2. A five-day old fawn can outrun a man.
3. Within nine hours of giving birth, a doe will lead her fawn(s) away from the birthing area, hiding them in separate locations. She will then bed down herself some 400 to 600 feet away.
4. A fawn’s coat has approximately 300 white spots which provides excellent camouflage.
5. A doe will seek out her fawns three to four times in a 24-hour period.
6. The first five days of a fawn’s life are the most perilous.
7. A fawn will nurse for approximately 10 minutes at a time, drinking six to eight ounces of 10.5 percent buttermilk.
8. Fawns become cud chewers by the time they are two weeks old.
9. Most fawns will be weaned between two to four months.
10. Frightened fawns are able to suspend their breathing for several minutes until a perceived danger has passed.
Photos: Justin Hoffman
Facts provided by the book ‘Whitetail Savvy’ by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III.