Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Unfortunate Secret Of The Deer
I don't know what happened to him, but one of his back legs is in bad shape. That might be why he's all alone. He looks really bad when he's moving around, and he's not going very fast. He seems to be having a lot of trouble walking, but he's getting where he wants to go just as readily as any other deer.
I am guessing that he was injured in some way, probably hit by a car. It looks like we're in the deep forest out here, and this is a huge forest network, but this forest is divided by a lot of roads. I've seen the same groups of deer from this forest in my backyard which is at one end of this huge forest. There are a few major highways in between. The streets are dangerous for suburban deer like this one.
This episode of Rat TV is not a fun one. Watch it at your own risk. If you're sensitive to sad sights like this, you may just want to skip it. The deer doesn't have any open wounds or anything like that, but the way he's walking doesn't look good at all. Even though this isn't fun to watch, it's still very much a part of nature and life.
On the positive side, he looks as if he's getting where he wants to go, and he isn't in any obvious pain. There are a lot of places for deer to hide out here, because like I said before, this is a very big forest. He also won't be jumping out very quickly in front of any cars now. They'll easily see him coming.
I left him alone there where he was because it's not my place to interfere. I've seen injured deer before, and there's not really anything I can do for them. I could try to contact someone, but I don't think they could do anything positive either. When I came back through this way the deer was nowhere in sight. The only thing to do is hope he can make his way as he is.
Nature Center Magazine - Emma has a new Nature Site Of The Week up. She is featuring a place called Stokes Birding Blog. I know she has been looking for one like that for awhile. I don't ever make suggestions to her, so this one is a new one for me. As always, she features the best of the internet. So you would do good to check it out.