By Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature
Contrary to the researchers’ prediction that fawns would flee to the nearest available cover, only about 25% of the 128 fawns observed selected the nearest escape habitat – and 79% of those that did were captured by predators.
Conversely, 63% of the fawns that did not choose the first available escape cover evaded capture.
- White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are found in the Americas
- They live in a variety of terrains, from swamp areas in Florida to the deserts of Texas and Mexico
- Their coats tend to turn grey during the winter and redder in the summer
- Mothers protect their newborns by leaving them in dense vegetation while they forage for food. Fawns camouflage themselves on the ground
- The popular Bambi character in the 1942 Disney film is a white-tailed deer fawn
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