Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Oh, deer!

Recently, my husband and I went to the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo here in Colorado Springs. For those of you who have been to this zoo, you know that it is built into the side of a mountain. Thus, you often find the regular "mountain wildlife" just hanging out with the "imported wildlife." The day that we were there, the cutest damn thing at the zoo wasn't really part of the zoo- it was a tiny baby deer that had wondered on to the zoo grounds. It was so cute that I actually squealed. My husband was very embarrassed.

So, let's celebrate some cuteness today, shall we? Let's talk about deer!

  • Deer have great hearing and great sense of smell.
  • Deer can run up to 40 mph and jump 10 ft high.
  • Fawns are born with a lack of sent. This allows them to remain protected from predators.
  • Fawns can walk shortly after they are born. Fact: watching a baby deer walk for the first time is adorable. Fact: watching me try to walk after too many cocktails is not adorable.
  • Life expectancy of a deer is 20 years.
  • Deer can swim. Cuteness!
  • According to a State Farm insurance report, if you live in West Virginia, there is a 1 in 45 chance that you will collide with a deer while driving your car. *Sad face*
  • Deer can smell a human scent on foliage up to days after the human has left. Up to 8 days, if you are Colin Ferrall (he just looks like he'd be smelly).
So, I think we can all agree that baby deer are pretty cute. And here's a necklace that reiterates that fact: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78621950/cute-baby-deer-necklace-resin-retro

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