Little Girl Pets Fawn… But Should She?


Cute little kid interacting with a cute baby animal – that’s the perfect recipe for a viral video.  The video below shows a beautiful and innocent interaction between a little girl and fawn. Many have loved this video – human and animal together for a brief yet very peaceful moment. But some have voiced concern that the situation could have turned dangerous for the little girl.

We don’t have the full story as to what led to this docile encounter. But we thought this would be an important time to share how interacting and petting a fawn could be potentially dangerous for the animal.



Fawns Are Born Scentless

When fawns are born, they have weak and wobble legs.  They aren’t the fast and nimble runners like their parents are, yet.  So their main defense from predators is to hide and lie still in the grass or woods. Additionally, fawns are born scentless – they have little to no odor.  Making it difficult for a predatory to pick up their scent.  The doe (mother deer), will often leave the fawn alone throughout the day and check only periodically so not to create too much of a scent path back to the fawn.

If you find a fawn, wildlife officials advise that you not approach him/her. The more time a persons spends around a fawn, the more scent they leave in that area. Your scent trail could be picked up by a coyote or dog – leading them to the fawn.


WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.