While the sight of a fawn generally triggers a justifiable squeal of delight, seeing the animal curled up in the same spot all day may cause some concern, but don't be too worried. Solitary fawns are rarely orphaned or abandoned.
White-tailed deer leave fawns for a greater part of the day while the mother fends for food. For this reason, the adorable "doe-eyed" fawns stay curled up in one spot, nestled among leaves or trees or in fields and gardens. A doe spends the pre-dawn hours searching for the perfect spot to leave her young for the day because fawns are not quick enough to keep up with their mother's pace.
"When they are still too young to follow their mother around, fawns spend between 6 and 10 hours alone," Jim Monsma, the Center Director of Second Chance Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center located in Gaithersburg, Md., said. "Generally, they lie in one spot quietly, although some are better behaved than others."
If a fawn is removed from its spot, the mother will not be able to find her baby when she returns to nurse. Also, some fawns imprint quickly and may begin to follow a human who moves the baby, causing even more harm to the fawn and its mother, Monsma said.