a holy mess and a mighty terror
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Urban Weed Awards (continued and complete)
Wow, most delicate truly deserved it. 👏🏾 👏🏾👏🏾
A fawn curled up beside a fake deer which is used for target practice.
A lot of people are super upset by this, so here is a reminder from someone who has worked professionally with deer:
A fawn tucked down alone like this is almost never an orphan.
Fawns are extremely small, and their best defense is to stay hidden as often as possible. Unless they are nursing or moving to a new spot, tucking themselves down in grass or against bigger objects is their best defense.
What would be an easy giveaway to a lurking predator that there is a vulnerable baby nearby? A much larger, much more visible adult female deer!
To protect her baby, a female deer will avoid the baby most of the day (except to nurse it or move it), and she will keep an eye on the baby from a distance to make sure everything is alright.
If you approach a fawn (or god forbid pick it up and take it home), I’d bet money that 9.5 times out of 10, mama is alive and well, watching you from a distance, desperately hoping you’ll move on without hurting her baby.
It’s not orphaned, it’s not abandoned.
Working in wildlife, if there is one thing I could magically make the entire human population know, it would be this information.
Every summer, people show up at wildlife rehabbers, state park offices, ranger stations, and even deer farms, with allegedly orphaned fawns that they’ve “saved.”
Tragically, we pretty much have to destroy these animals every time.
Deer farms legally cannot take in wild deer because of the extremely dangerous risk of disease transmission to their livestock population (look up chronic wasting disease). Contact with a wild deer could doom their animals and their livelihoods.
I have worked on deer farms and in wildlife rehab.
Deer are extremely difficult to raise, rehabilitate, and release. Mostly, it’s impossible. Often, they simply refuse to eat from anything but their mother, and we have to decide between letting them waste away for three days or so, or euthanizing them.
Deer are also overpopulated in many states now, and we can’t afford the resources to raise them. There are species more in need of our assistance.
If you see a fawn all alone, unless it’s next to its dead parent, it’s not an orphan.
I am begging you to leave it be.
In this case, this fawn is almost certainly fine. It’s just hunkered down like it should be, waiting for Mama.
But it does make for a great photo!
I’ve seen this photo circulating with people assuming a hunter has killed this animal’s mother, and one more thing to note: baby fawns are born in late spring and summer. Hunting season doesn’t open till autumn. By the time it’s legal for you to shoot any deer, there are no spotted fawns left, they grow up and lose their coats fairly quickly. Hunting season takes place close to the deer’s mating season, by which time they’re more concerned with making new fawns than mothering current ones.
(There are some areas where you can get a subsistence hunting permit for other times of year but that’s generally only in areas where poor rural people need to be able to hunt to have food)
Steven and Connie are growing up ♥ ❤
The plot thickens.
How would Godzilla (2019) react to Shin Godzilla? I am terrified of Shin but also feel sorry for him haha
Inspired by this:
so much drama in one photo
somebody hold me back
Job hunting is so depressing these days
A Burger King application asked me how I felt about staying more than 1 hour after my shift ended to do the job right without extra pay and the choices were
1. I would not be willing to stay late
2. Only in emergency situations
3. WHATEVER IT TAKES (in all caps)
I applied at red lobster and it asked me to input my “expected starting wage” and the “example” given was lower than minimum wage
basically I feel like these questionnaires are trying to figure out how little you value yourself as a person
the petsmart thing is real i applied for their overnight gig (which i am more than qualified for) but my personality test said i was ‘rebellious’ and i never got a call back
How quickly they forget
Half sleepy, half ready to kill
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her name is pepsi
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