However, that being said, we were neither in one of those sanctuaries nor in the woods. We were walking down a street behind the cottage we were visiting and came across 2 deer.
They seems peaceful enough, and didn't get rattled when a few passersby started to snap some pictures - we did, too!
Still, the deer grazed peacefully.
We all expected Daniel to run through the two and scare them away like we would a flock of birds on the beach...but he didn't.
He walked quietly...
...getting closer to the smaller of the two - perhaps a baby herself?
Yet, he got even closer...
...suddenly, it was too close and the deer jumped farther away, but then turned back to stare at my son. Odd. The leaping fawn must have triggered the bigger of the the two deer to take notice.
"Hey, what's spooking my baby? I think the deer thought "I should have a look!"
And so, the baby deer ( still staring at Daniel) walked back behind the tree and to the bigger deer who then walked closer to Daniel. Daniel then walked closer to the bigger deer.
Please watch what happened next.
Note that no one was harmed in the making of this video. I apologize for the shakiness. You see, I was running toward the oncoming deer to scare her away from my son.
It was mother against mother. Protective instincts unfurled, and all we wanted to do was make sure our babies were safe.
We both got what we wanted.
For the remainder of this evening, and I expect every time Daniel sees a deer from here on out, he will retell the story of when he was chased by a deer.
The moral of the story is; don't assume all animals in the wild are afraid of humans, and never underestimate a mothers protective instincts.