Still damp and just hours old, it struggled up about five feet away making an awful squawking noise and made its first wobbling steps toward the woods.
Here's the spot where it was laying among the wildflowers just a few yards from the house. Amazing it could hide in so little cover, but it did. I was concerned since I've read that newborn fawns don't have a scent which keeps them safe from predators like coyotes which we also have.
Not to worry since the doe showed up shortly and circled around that same spot. By her behavior we're pretty sure she found her baby and was just making sure all was safe. They must be used to their fawns moving while they are gone.
Quite a sight in the back yard. We'll see them both again as we keep water out for all the animals in the neighborhood and I'm sure the little one will want to test out all my plants. Just another mouth to feed with my precious plants. Oh well, so goes the delicate balance....