Monday, December 27, 2010

Petunia is alive and well

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Good news regarding Petunia!! I'd mentioned in a recent post that I'd not seen her and that I was worried she might have been shot during hunting season. I took a walk into the woods the other day and spotted the little group she hangs with. I was talking loudly to myself so that if she was around she'd hear me. It was funny, I was watching the group as they leaped off into the woods, about 200 feet away and I just kept walking slowly down the trail thinking that if she was in the group she'd come back to me. Then I glanced to my left and she was right there, just 20 feet away and coming to me. Ah, so sweet. Relief. We hung out for about 15 minutes and then I left her. She followed me for a few minutes but then turned and went back in the direction of her friends. She seems healthy. We had a fantastic acorn crop so she's got plenty to eat. In fact I'd taken some apple out there and offered it to her, she wasn't interested. Didn't even take a nibble. I wonder if she mated this year and if she'll be having her first fawns this year?

The picture above was taken last winter. Amazing just how fluffy they look with their winter coats. The hair is hollow to hold air for insulation. I'm not too sure of the mechanics of it but it seems that when it gets really cold their skin contracts and the hair stands up creating the fluffy appearance and probably increasing the insulation effect of the hollow hair.

6 comments:

B said...

Yeah Petunia! I was wondering about her. Glad she's okay.

REPuckett said...

Fantastic! I think I'm falling in love with Petunia as much as you have. :)

Steve said...

a very pretty friend you have there... what an awesome relationship. I hope you get to see her little ones... what will happen, will she bring her fawns to you? can't wait to find out!

I live in Castle Rock, CO... my wifes car was hit by a deer from the side this year. It was a young buck. We were sad for the poor fellow. They are awesome animals.

WesInPB said...

I am happy to see she is back on the blog. Stay warm!

mySavioReigns said...

Very cool! I wasn't aware their hair was hollow...pretty amazing how that was "designed" for cold winters, lol.

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