Missouri Man Finds Out Why You Don’t Pet Wild Deer the Hard Way
There are a million reasons why this was a bad idea, but a Missouri man learned one way petting a wild deer is a mistake the hard way.
Based on the video description, this happened in Union, Missouri. The guy shared the following factoid about how this special deer/man moment happened:
I was walking through the woods and saw the doe, petted it, she was surprised.
Before I get into the real problem with this, watch how Bambi turned on this guy quick.
It never ends well when you try to make human contact with a wild animal. It's especially a problem when the contact involves deer. My Backyard Life mentions the natural fear that deer have of humans. When it involves a fawn, you could end up on the wrong end of a mother deer's fury. Or, your scent on the deer could cause the fawn to be shunned by the rest of the herd.
The "can I safely pet a deer" question led to a colorful conversation on Quora which included this video share of how deer can put a whooping on dudes.
Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark.
My family happens to live in a rural area here in the tri-states and often see deer coming and going out of the woods. Are they pretty? Sure. Do I need to pet them? NOPE.