Quick question, did you hear about the family in Michigan? The ones suing the state because they wanted to keep the deer that they raised from a fawn? The family who started a petition that received over 16,000 signatures so that they could keep their wild deer? Ever heard of that family?
Well I did, a month ago when the case was first going into court. I agreed with the state, not the family. Yes, the story is very heart-warming. A family takes in a baby fawn after its mother was killed by a car. They are somehow able to keep it alive for years and in the meantime fall in love. They even name it Lilly.
Did you know that deer eat plants that are toxic to them? In small doses and with other plants as well. Scientists have found that they actually do need these toxins for certain bodily functions. This information has only come to light in the past few years. Fawns only learn this information from their mothers. Obviously this family thinks that they are providing a good home for the deer, but they also made a decision to never let it lead a normal life.
They took that path a long time ago, well after the deer had turned two years old. At that point in deer biology, yearlings would be on their own, in their own territory, and getting ready to become mothers or fathers themselves.
Sorry for the rant. It just boggles my mind whenever I see stories like this. I do not get that feel good feeling that others might, nor do I agree with this sort of practice.