Miss Lisa’s Book Reveiw – Deer

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Good day everyone! In fact, GREAT days to come now that SPRING has arrived! I am so excited to go outside and see the sun, daffodils, tulips, lilacs, hyacinths, budding leaves, and GREEN everywhere! It shows us that winter is done, and new life in all ways starts over again in our part of the world. So, it won’t surprise you that the ANIMALS are back as well, coming out from winter hiding places or flying north to make their home AND plan their families! I love this time of year, because we see baby ducklings, goslings, bunnies, squirrels, and…baby deers!

Deer mating season comes in the spring as it does for many other woodland animals. But, what you may not know is WHAT momma does with that little fawn until he or she can run by her side and forage for food. Believe it or not, she often hides them by YOUR homes! Yes! It’s crazy, I know, but that is JUST what happened to us last year, in my flower garden, and out back by our woodpile. We have a family of deer, and the mother had a baby. In order to keep her baby protected, early in the morning she will “hide” the baby in a secluded area for the entire day. Baby lays VERY quietly until night time, yes the WHOLE day, when momma comes back and gets them, feeds them, and they spend the night together.

One day when I was working in my flower bed, I saw a baby deer under our tall tiger lily bush. It was SO CUTE! So, I went online to see what it was doing there, AND what I should do, because no matter HOW cute they are, you should NEVER touch a wild animal for any reason. Here is what I found out:

    Do not go near the baby or touch it in any way. Deer have a strong sense of smell, and if momma smells a human on her baby she may not come back for it, and the baby may die from lack of mother’s milk and care.
    Do not attempt to chase them out of the area. Usually they do not hide the same place every day, and if they are somewhere else often momma can’t find them.
    They may look like they are sick or just laying there helpless and need you to do something, but DON’T! They usually are quiet and still because they don’t want to be discovered.

In the Light of the Moon by Stephanie Show (Toddlers and Preschoolers) a darling tale about a momma deer and her baby, as she explains the spring time routine for all new animals by the light of the moon. Very sweet pictures as well!

Deer Babies! Photography by Donald M. Jones (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) through charming rhymes, the baby’s life is explained through lovely photography, as well as enjoying some really DARLING little ones!

Lisa

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