My boss and I travel the same quiet, traffic free country road out to Cedar Key each day. The rural scenery offers lots of wildlife sightings, from bald eagles to alligator crossings.
A while back she asked me if I had seen the "Cow Deer" in the pastures of a large ranch that we pass each day.
At that time I had not, but I was usually ignoring the cows and scanning the wetland and trees for birds as I cruised past.
She had been watching a very young deer grow up as she commuted past over this year. What was different about this deer was the fact that it seemed to choose to hang with the herd of cows and horses in the open pastures of the ranch.
So, of course I started looking.
Sure enough, on a regular basis, the yearling deer was spotted grazing, always in the security of the "herd".
The horses and cows seemed to accept the "Cow
Deer" as one of their own ... no questions asked.
About two weeks ago, she asked if I had noticed the Cow Deer was actually a "Cow Buck" .
I had not. So I began looking more carefully and as luck would have it, did not see him for a week or so, but then yesterday ...
|There he was, grazing among the cracker cows and the graceful (aren't they all?) horse.