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Captured at FortWhyte Alive our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Canon XTi, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 OS AV 5.0 Shutter Speed 1/200 IS0 400I found this baby White Tail this morning, probably just shortly after he/she was born, as I was strolling in the bush off one of our many trails*
When a fawn is born it is odorless so that predators are not attracted to its location. In fact the mother doe will stay away from the fawn for a few days so that her scent does not rub off on the fawn or attract predators to the area where the fawn is hiding while gaining strength. When a fawn detects danger it will remain perfectly still. Fawns that live past the first week have a good chance of surviving to adulthood
At birth, white tail fawns have a spotted reddish coat that is fairly silky. There may be several hundred spots on the coat. The spots enable the fawn to camouflage itself, with the colors blending well with the surrounding natural environment. They usually weigh between 4 to 8 pounds at birth. The whitetail fawn loses its spots by the end of October of the same year it was born, or within 3 to 4 months after birth.