We’ve been trying to figure out what’s been chewing on our plants and bushes. Today I had an “a-ha!” moment when I saw these two fawns munching around our son’s pumpkin patch in the backyard.
I ran to shoo them away from Jacob’s prized plants. Instead of running back into the woods behind our house, however, they darted into the front yard. Uh-oh. They were running toward the street.
Come back, fawns! Don’t go in the street!
I called to them, pointing toward the backyard. I was trying to direct them back to safety, but they just sort of stared at me. Almost like they didn’t understand English. You can see in this photo that they were perfectly happy to wander around by the street, ignoring my warnings.
Just then their mama ran out. When she saw me standing nearby, she stopped and gave me a look. Don’t mess with my babies!
Don’t worry, Mama Deer. I’m only trying to help. We have so many deer killed by cars around here every year. She made a low noise and the fawns fell right in line behind her, following her back into the woods.
There they go!
Whew. I was relieved. I didn’t want those fawns on my conscience! They never would’ve run out there if I hadn’t shooed them away from the plants in the first place.
I came back inside and Dave was standing at the window with a funny look on his face. “Did I see you TALKING to those DEER?”
Um, yeah, maybe. What of it?
“Did you think they could actually understand you?” he asks, like he’s concerned for my mental health.
Um, I dunno. Do you think any of the neighbors saw?
He thinks they did. He seems to think we may have to move to another neighborhood now.
In other local wildlife news (I know you’re all just riveted), my son Jake rescued this big toad from the basement window well earlier in the week that the kids wanted me to show you:
We also have a rogue mole or two tearing up our lawn. I’ve decided a trip to the zoo really isn’t necessary this summer since we have plenty of animals for the kids to look at right here in the yard. What more could they ask for?
Next up: I’ll be recapping tonight’s episode of “Design Star.” Who do you think will be going home this time?