Sitka black-tailed Deer Nursing Twin Fawns

  • These Sitka black-tailed Deer twin fawns were just born and the mother (doe) is starting to take care of them by nursing them and licking.
  • At this stage the fawns have some difficulty walking and standing -- note the one that falls down.
  • Fawns usually weigh 6.0 to 8.8 lbs and have no scent for the first week or so.
  • Having no scent means that predators would have difficulty finding the fawns.
  • This enables the mother to leave the fawn hidden while she goes off to browse and replenish her body after giving birth.
  • Notice that the doe spends some time licking the rear end of the fawns.
  • Why does she do this?
  • The reason the Doe is licking the Fawn's rear end is to stimulate a bowel movement, which in turn will help keep the Fawn's odors in check while it is bedded down in a safe location.

Sitka black-tailed Deer Nursing Twin Fawns from Bob Armstrong on Vimeo.

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