The baby Fallow Deer spent the entire day against the wall of our offices

 

Staff at Securi-Guard Monitoring are used to seeing deer from the office window – but not at this kind of close quarters!

They were amazed to spot a tiny fawn who was lying in a patch of gravel just a few feet from the entrance to their HQ on the Estover Industrial Estate (Plymouth) on Tuesday.

Kim Precious, the company’s Managing Director (Administration) and a keen photographer in her spare time, quickly grabbed her camera and snapped the young fawn from a discreet distance.

“In all the years we have had deer coming on to our land here, I have never seen one this close up before, particularly one so young,” said Kim.

Wild deer have been such a familiar site on the grassland area adjoining the security firm’s offices, that over the years, they have become known, unsurprisingly, as the ‘Securi-Guard Deer’.

As a keen photographer, Kim has built up a sizeable collection of images of the deer and their young as they can be seen most days at the site.

They are often spotted walking quite close to the offices, but never within just a few feet of the building.

Despite all activity during the day, Kim said the fawn was quite happy and wasn’t disturbed at all. We contacted the RSPCA who advised us to keep a close eye on its welfare and to contact them again if we had any concerns.

“The fawn was fine all day and was eventually collected by its mother at the end of the day,” said Kim.

“We have always been a family business and to be honest we regard all the deer as very much a part of that family too,” added Kim.

Experts say that fawns are left alone from a very early age as their mothers go off foraging, and may be found curled up under bushes or in long grasses.

They stay like this to keep hidden from potential predators, but if you think a fawn has been abandoned the advice is to simply observe from a distance for at least 12 hours or leave it alone and return in 24 hours to see if it has been moved.

For more information visit the BBC Nature website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17842452