A Deer Reminder

Yesterday morning I went out the front door of my house and was startled to find a fawn curled up underneath the table fountain at the corner of the porch. I had seen a doe with her two babies in the woods earlier in the week. I had never been that close to a deer at my house before.

The fawn bolted to the front of the house. I found him behind some shrubs below my husband’s office window. I dashed to get my phone to take a photo. He was still there when I got back. I spoke gently to him to calm him. He did not seem scared of either me or my Cavalier. Lilah is getting older. She is ten and doesn’t make a fuss over critters like she did when she was a pup. In her early days she would have had a conniption for sure.

The baby let me take two photos of him then ran off into the woods. I thought that was the last I would see of him. I kept checking but there were no signs of him later in the day.

I had almost forgotten about him by the next day. I went out the front door to take out some trash. Lo and behold, there he was again under the fountain. This time he did not make a stir but looked at me as if I was an old friend. I wondered if he was making himself at home and if he was there to stay. I took several pictures as he was in no hurry to leave.

I decided to avoid going out the front door and decided to leave him alone. I had some errands to run so went out the side door through the garage. I would check to see if he was there when I got home.

A couple hours later, I got home. I drove up in the driveway, parked then checked the porch. Sure enough, Bambi was still there. I brought my groceries in through the garage and took Lilah out for her midday walk through the side entrance so as not to disturb the sleeping baby. I kept checking on him throughout the afternoon. I decided to call a vet to ask for advice. I did not know if my visitor was in distress and wondered what they would suggest should he need care. They offered no suggestions. I Googled what to do with an abandoned baby deer. Still, no help. I decided that I would wait to see if he would eventually wander back into the woods after he was well rested and recharged. Sure enough, after another hour or so, he got up on his feet, jumped off the porch, nibbled on some of my plants, then exited from the yard back through the trees behind my house.

We will see if he begins to make regular appearances. For now, I am content that he came for a brief visit. I think he was attracted by the sound of the bubbling fountain on the porch even though it was up too high for him to get a drink. The sound must have soothed him, and the corner of the porch must have seemed a safe spot to hide out for a while.

I am reminded of Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after Thee. You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship Thee.

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