Fawns do the darndest things!
I have had at least a dozen phone calls so far this spring from good caring people who have found fawns that have, seemingly, been abandoned by there mother. In reality the fawns were probably not abandoned and, most likely, were being well taken care of.
When a doe is done nursing a newborn fawn, she hurries off fast enough in between tending to that fawn such that it cannot keep up with her. The fawn is left on its own to find a good place to hide using its natural instincts. As we know, kids left on there own don’t make the best choices: and neither do fawns. Also, maternal instinct sometimes has the doe place fawns from a multiple birth in different places– so they stand a better chance surviving from predators.
We find them by roads, in parking lots, in back yards, and yes– even in garages. On our farm, we have a stagnant water hole that has been fenced off for their safety and we even added some extra fence at the bottom to keep the fawns out. With all our work we still found two fawns yesterday that had somehow found a way in. Without our help these two fawns would have ended up dead!
Sometimes we do need to help the little guys out of some tough spots. We have all done it with our own kids. If you feel compelled to move a fawn; be sure you only touch it around the rib cage. Hold it away from your body so that you do not leave your scent on it and place it in a secluded place where it feels it is hidden. The greatest urge we have is to hug them because they are so cute. That is a death sentence for the little guy because you have then left your scent on it and the mother may now abandon it.
If you find a fawn, the best bet is to enjoy it from a distance and be amazed at Gods perfect creation!