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#3288364 - 07/11/13 09:30 AM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: MattR]
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Instinctive defense mechanisms many species have are truly amazing.

I learned just how programmed does are to respond to fawns in trouble while working with BGG on his thermal imaging research. If we saw several deer--even hundreds of yards away--with their heads down in soybeans feeding, all he had to do to ascertain which were does and which were bucks was blow a fawn distress call. Instantly every doe in the field would jerk her head up and look at us. Some would even instinctively run towards us.

A couple of days ago, my parents--who live in the country--had a tiny, starved kitten show up at their door. The kitten would run from door to door crying loudly. The kitten's cry just happens to be right at the pitch of a fawn distress call. Several times, when the kitten cried very loudly, does came bounding out of the woods and running through the yard in response to the kitten's cry. In fact, the same does were fooled multiple times over a couple of day period.

[and on a side note, I'm such a softy/sucker, I now have a new kitten ]
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#3288367 - 07/11/13 09:34 AM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: BSK]
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BSK...You like experimenting. Make you a new camera site using the kitten as bait, lol.
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#3288369 - 07/11/13 09:34 AM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
BSK...You like experimenting. Make you a new camera site using the kitten as bait, lol.


That's funny! \:D
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#3288404 - 07/11/13 10:05 AM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: BSK]
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Haha, deer fake limping which is cool, but see with the kittens, they "fake" being starved and pitiful so they fool people in to taking them home with them. His plan worked perfect didn't it!

Edited by MattR (07/11/13 10:06 AM)
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#3288459 - 07/11/13 10:50 AM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: MattR]
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 Originally Posted By: MattR
Haha, deer fake limping which is cool, but see with the kittens, they "fake" being starved and pitiful so they fool people in to taking them home with them. His plan worked perfect didn't it!


To a T! He's sitting on my lap right now think "SUCKER!!!"
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#3288618 - 07/11/13 01:15 PM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
BSK...You like experimenting. Make you a new camera site using the kitten as bait, lol.

I think there's a Maine Coon already looking at that kitten as an appetizer. \:D

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#3288846 - 07/11/13 04:54 PM Re: Deer Fact (off topic) [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
BSK...You like experimenting. Make you a new camera site using the kitten as bait, lol.

I think there's a Maine Coon already looking at that kitten as an appetizer. \:D



Yeah, we are keeping the two separated for now. Although he's not quite as mean as he looks. ...well, unless you're small enough for him to swallow.

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