I saw the deer eating corn at my parents' house again yesterday afternoon. Boy, they've put on some weight! Compare this shot from yesterday
to this shot from September
I think the older deer might be pregnant. Or, she's just super fat. She's the pushy one, who will kick her baby sister or her mother if they come near her food. Or, maybe she's pushy because she's pregnant and has to eat for two.
On a side note, I'm not sure if the difference in color of their fur is due to the weather changing, or if it's my new camera that makes everything washed out. Obviously the baby's spots are gone. But the tone on all of them is much less reddish. It's funny how they're all lined up in the same order in both shots: baby, mom, older sister. The striking part for me is how you can see their ribs in the late summer, and all you see is blubber in the winter. Maybe that's part of some natural seasonal metabolism--conserve in the winter, when food is scarce. Hmm.
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