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It is common to see a spotted fawn lying by itself with no adult nearby. Female deer
leave their babies unattended for long periods of time while foraging for food and
return only to briefly nurse the baby. The mother deer is usually in the vicinity
observing from a distance. The fawn instinctively lies very still and flat so as not
to attract predators. The behavior is called "pancaking" and is a sign that the baby
There are a couple of quick tests that you can perform that will determine if the baby needs help. By the way, it is OK to touch the fawn.
If the fawn passes all the tests, it is okay. LEAVE IT ALONE! Mom is nearby. If the fawn fails any of the tests, it MAY need help. Call us for assistance. Click here for our contact information.