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White-tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus


A young (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year-old), teenage White-tailed buck dubbed Tiny G. (for Tiny Gramps as he resembles an older, full-grown buck dubbed Gramps). Head down, ears pinned back, hackles raised...that's Tiny G.'s Modus operandi or method of operation. This body language is meant to intimidate or threaten, like screaming "Back-off!" and waving a gun, toy or otherwise.


Prairie grasses surrounded by woods and farm fields


Tiny is like a human teenager always testing his limits, society rules and his own strength much to the dismay of everyone else in the herd. Of all the deer in the herd I have the least amount of trust in Tiny G. and Dennis (aka Dennis the Menace). Both liked to terrorize young does and fawns...not unlike a class bully everyone is a little afraid of and tends to avoid. On this particular day he pushed everyone around too much and Leroy (aka Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown) gave him a smack-down he and I are not likely to ever forget. Leroy not only stood up on his hind legs and brought both front hoofs down on him, he smacked him so hard he flipped Tiny G. over on his back. Leroy is normally a very mellow buck so his actions took both Tiny G. and I by complete surprise. So shocked was I, I didn't photograph anything but sat with my mouth hanging open before shaking myself and saying, "No! No, Leroy! Be nice." in as stern a voice as I could muster. Leroy turned his head and looked at me like, "You've got to be kidding me, lady." but the fighting and the terrorizing stopped and everything went back to normal afterwards. Tiny G. walked off into the woods a little sore but apparently not critically hurt.

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JanelleL.Streed 10 years ago

ChristyHolland-Thank you so much! He's been taught numerous lessons this winter and finally seems to be mellowing out a bit. Hopefully by next fall he'll have better social skills so he can start impressing instead of intimidating the ladies, eh?"-)

JanelleL.Streed 10 years ago

outdooreducation42-Thank you! I think he needs time for his body size to catch up with his ego size. "-)

JanelleL.Streed 10 years ago

EmilyMarino-Thank you so much!! I'm sure its like hearing about someone's cat or dog's antics...trying not to dwell too much on them for fear of putting everyone here to sleep. "-)

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Always love hearing about your deer friends!

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

So cute!! He looks so soft!! Great series, Janelle!

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Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jan 13, 2013
Submitted on Jan 19, 2013

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