In an ironic twist, a John Deere tractor and a whitetail fawn found themselves in the same predicament.
Illinois conservation police received a call from a farmer who discovered a whitetail fawn speckled in white spots stuck in a 12-foot-hole.
The tractor, wrapped with a chain, was lifted out of the hole to create room to rescue the fawn.
Deere and Deer stuck in hole...Illinois conservation police were called to a deer in a 12 foot hole. When CPO Beltran arrived it appeared the deer was healthy and just needed some assistance getting back to its mother. The mother was spotted nearby and with the help of some local Polo farmers and fire fighters the deer was successfully rescued from the ditch.
Posted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police on Saturday, July 7, 2018
The whitetail fawn, though shaken up, appeared fine and healthy. In fact, the fawn's mother was spotted nearby. Officers wrangled the fawn, and upon release, the fawn took off unharmed.
Farmers across the United States regularly encounter newborn fawns before and during harvest season. This is because whitetail deer mothers hide their fawns from predators in these large standing crop fields to optimize fawn survival. However, young deer like this one are killed each year by farm machinery. Their reddish brown color allows them to blend into their surroundings, making it difficult for farmers to spot them.
Oftentimes, whitetail does will give birth to twin fawns and even triplets in rare cases. This and proper deer management goals allow deer populations to be sustainable for deer hunting in the Midwest.
Depending on available food and nutrition, female fawns are able to reach sexual maturity in the same year they're born. While this isn't always the case, it is possible. If you talk with deer hunters, this is sometimes what they refer to as the "second rut" during mating season.
This circumstance is uncommon, however, and this fawn is lucky that it was discovered.