After some of the horror that we’ve seen in the US these past days, I thought it might be time for a little bit of a nicer story.
The company I work for exists in buildings that were built right next to a state certified wetland, therefore there is a good amount of the property that the company can’t build on. Instead of letting this land go totally wild, the company maintains trails throughout the land for the employees to use. There is also a nice side open field the company has created to allow associates to come and picnic, or use for cross country skiing or even training for trail runs, which I’ve seen associates do before. The land is privately owned however, so you must be a company employee in order to utilize it.
Back in July, however, something peculiar showed up in the open field. Two baby deer, waiting for their momma. The employees left them alone, with the exception of getting pictures. Overall, we thought momma was very smart, leaving her two babies in a field where humans frequent. That would be a perfect place for them to be safe from predators.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. After seeing the babies over and over, we realized momma had been the deer that was hit several weeks previously. These babies were orphaned. But as we kept seeing them in the field, they went from simply sitting to eating grass and finding places to sit in the shade when it just got too hot in the sun. Some weeks would go by and I’d see them every day out on my walk. Other weeks, I’d see them once or twice. Every time I’d see them, I’d talk to them for a few minutes before I continued on my journey around the walking trail. I worried a little bit about what they would have to eat, but with the creek and wetlands, apple trees and fruit bushes on the property I figured they would be OK. And none of the associates that work here tried to pet them; instead, we all took pictures, and went on with our business. The only real roads they have to cross now are the small ones that link the parking lots for the multiple buildings together, and those all have a very low speed limit.
The deer have a pretty nice size of property in addition to our area too. Many other businesses on our side of the road were built around the wetland, which means the deer have solid woods for roughly half a city block around my company’s property. And it’s all private; so there will be no hunting in this area.
There was a lull in our sightings of the babies in August and September. I had hoped they were OK, but felt that it was best that we didn’t see them. Perhaps they had learned about how to behave like proper deer, and hide when the humans came around. But about two weeks ago; another associate I work with spotted what we thought were the baby deer on one of the trails. He pointed them out to me. When I looked at them, I realized those weren’t our baby deer. One had a serious amount of antlers. And they were much more wary of us humans than the babies were. I think one of them had to be daddy. And perhaps daddy had picked up on raising the babies where momma had left off.
This week, I was able to spot both of them again. As you can see by the photos, they still aren’t afraid to be seen. Sometimes they stay together, but sometimes they wander on their own as well. Their spots have gone, and they are getting bigger by the day. I think the day will come soon when we don’t see them at all anymore; they’ll take their daddy’s advice and keep away from the humans. The day I took the final picture of them above, I did stick around to see what they would do when they saw a moving car. And wisely, they quickly made for the foliage around them instead of sticking around to see where the car would go. So they are still OK with humans, for now, but don’t like cars, and that is very good news.
I hope that I’ll get the occasional chance to see them as they continue to grow. But even if I didn’t, I’ve very much enjoyed the times I did see them.