Roe deer fawn running on grass in Normandy, France
© Gerard Lacz/Minde
Roe deer fawn
In Europe, the months of May and June herald the births of adorable little deer fawns, preferably in thickets, away from prying eyes. Fawns are highly vulnerable and rely entirely on their mother for survival and protection. They often sport a spotted coat that helps them blend into their surroundings to evade predators. Over time, this coat fades, replaced by a new coat like that of adults.
Fawn season is a wonderful time to observe nature and appreciate the presence of these magnificent animals. If you encounter a fawn in the forest, be cautious! Do not touch it. These delicate creatures are born scentless to avoid detection in the wild. However, their mothers have a highly developed sense of smell, and if they detect a foreign scent, they will abandon their offspring. Instead, contact a veterinarian who can provide guidance on how to interact without harming the animal.