I know I know, he is a wild animal and we are aware that he can turn at any time. Proceed with caution!!! But just look at him, look at those big brown eyes, how could you not love him?
The first time we met him, we were a little more cautious especially because he had a nice 8 point rack on him!! He is awesome and he has ruined my husband as a hunter, will he ever kill another deer?
He came out of the tree-lined creek which runs along side of our property. It was at the perfect moment, we had been watching the guys working on our fencing and one of them asked Gary if we see many deer around here and his answer was no, not lately then all of a sudden here comes this guy, he paused for a moment while we all stood and watched.
Once he turned his head we could see he had a bright orange tag in his right ear. I happened to have my camera in hand as I was taking photos of the fence work being done. So I began taking photos of him. Surprisingly he kept walking towards us, looking curiously, showing no signs of fear, he did not take off running, he just kept walking towards us.
We were all amazed!
He walked right up to the fence guy and let him pet him.
Then he walked towards us and scratched his head against an old cast iron chair sitting next to the firepit.
Gary went and got some chicken scratch feed and the deer walked over to him and ate right out of his hand!
I was shocked and amazed by this wild animal which obviously had been raised by people, he must be someones pet. But who’s? The tag did not have any information on it. We assume he was tagged to keep hunters from shooting him.
Then he followed Gary around the yard and he hung out for the rest of the evening and the next day he was gone.
Several months went by without a sign of him and we hoped he hadn’t been shot during the hunting season. We thought we may never see him again then one day he shows up again! This time without his horns. He is growing in a new set.
He has been hanging around now for 8 weeks! We do not feed him. Gary named him Louie. We have had to add extra protection around all plants we do not want him to eat. He comes and goes as he pleases but we generally see him daily. He doesn’t mind our cats, or our chickens.
He loves to be petted and he will even jump and run and play with Gary as if he was a big dog.
We will not try to keep him from being free. He roams the area alone and I think he may be lonely and misses his humans. I wonder if he has any deer friends… I wonder how he gets along with other deer… He is safe here and as his new set of horns grow we will be very cautious around him. But for now, he is a pet. Louie… a pet Deer. 🙂
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