Yesterday I was up at the cabin at Saturna Island for the day saying goodbye to summer and we saw the most beautiful little fawn, still with its white spots very near to the house.
The fawn was inside the gate just walking around among the trees quietly browsing on some grass. There was no sign of the doe, even though we watched for quite some time.
It didn't seem to be injured or frightened. In fact it was quite approachable and even allowed us to get quite close while it was lying down in the grass.
Isn't it amazing how well the fawn is hidden in the grass in these two photographs?
It's hard to know what to do with wildlife that seem alone and abandoned. I'm told that does sometimes do go off and leave their offspring for a while.
We brought it a big pan of water in case it was thirsty and went for a walk along the cliffs to give it some peace.
Here's my brother and his daughter Callie on a rock overlook. Far below we could see the splashed of a pod of Orcas swimming through the channel.
On our return from the walk we found it the fawn very near to the barn and Callie was able to get quite close to it.
By then I had to leave to catch the ferry back to Victoria, but this morning I called my brother for an update. He said they saw it again in the evening and put out some apple pieces and bit of watermelon.
This morning the apple was gone and the inside of the watermelon had been eaten but there was no sign of the fawn. Let's just hope that the doe had gone on a little walkabout and returned for her lovely fawn.