Fawns use ‘escape plan’ to evade predators

by Rebecca on May 25, 2012

in Animals in the News

By Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature

White tailed deer fawn
Fawns often bypass the nearest “escape cover” to seek out better habitats for shaking off predators, new research has found.

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:

White-tailed deer
  • 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

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18040372

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