Spring is a great time to be a child. After a heavy overnight rain, the streets and sidewalks are littered with worms and nightcrawlers ripe for the picking. And all sorts of other woodland and swamp creatures can be discovered by young curious minds, too.

As the video below shows, sometimes a child makes a much bigger discovery than expected. For example, Luke Maas, son of OutdoorHub Managing Editor Dave Maas, was searching for frogs in his backyard with a neighbor buddy when he walked up on a bedded newborn whitetail fawn.

Luke’s mom followed him back to the fawn with video camera in hand, and even though Luke was told repeatedly not to touch the fawn, he simply couldn’t resist. (But it’s hard to blame him!)

Thankfully, the fawn’s mother overlooked the human odor left on the fawn by Luke’s petting, and the following morning the doe led the fawn away from the backyard to a nearby woodlot.

This spring, watch out for newborn fawns in tall-grass areas around homes and businesses in suburban areas. If you see one, snap a quick smartphone pic if you wish, but don’t bother the fawn. And certainly don’t touch it. A doe purposefully left the fawn there for safety from predators such as coyotes, and she’ll be back to get her fawn very soon.


Image by Dave Maas

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