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Even if it's a twin or one of triplets, a newborn deer spends a lot of time alone. Yet it's remarkably safe for such a feeble creature. That's because a fawn is all but invisible to foes. A wolf or Bobcat can neither see the fawn nor smell it.

Minutes after its birth a fawn will climb to its feet and start suckling. It will be a week or so, however, before the fawn can keep up with its mother. So when a doe ventures off to feed, it leaves its offspring behind. And when there are twins or triplets, the doe keeps them in different places, which decreases the likelihood of them all being eaten.

But it takes a bit of luck to find a newborn fawn. With white spots on a reddish-brown coat, a fawn is indistinguishable from the sun-dappled forest floor where it waits for its mother. Also, a fawn is scentless -- it has no discernable odor -- for the first several days of its life. A predator would have to stumble upon the fawn just to know it's there.

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