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Assistant Animal Keeper

One Friday morning, while I was cleaning the deer and turkey pasture, I had a little helper. The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) doe in these pictures is a doe who was raised by a wildlife rehabilitator, an individual who has gone through education and training to be able to assist wildlife with special needs because of being orphaned or injured. After she was found as an orphan and had to be hand-raised, she wasn’t able to be released to the wild. Because of this, she’s very comfortable around us animal keepers. This, however, is not normal behavior. Most deer prefer to stay away from humans. Because this doe is so friendly and comfortable around humans, or imprinted, she has been in captivity all of her life. Deer in the wild should not be approached or expected to be calm around humans. They are still wild animals who can be quite capable of injuring a human should they feel scared or threatened. This is especially so at this time of the year when it’s the breeding season, or what’s called the “rut”.

hmmm……what might this be?
There must be something good in here, I’m sure of it!

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