White-Tailed DeerWhite-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) AKA Virginia Deer and Whitetail
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 109)  As we started to move up the road, so that the sun was more to our backs, this white-tailed deer also began to turn around so she could have a better view of us.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 110)  As this white-tailed deer turned around we moved a little closer, so our distance from her still remained at about 15 feet.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 111)  We are so thankful for these times of having the privilege of being so close to God's other creatures, that we can't understand how anyone could harden their heart to such an extent that they could kill such a gentle and magnificent being as this white-tailed deer.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 112)  After standing and watching each other for a few more minutes, the white-tailed deer turned to continue her browsing.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 113)  Slowly, the white-tailed deer walked back into the woods.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 114)  As she was leaving, we prayed and asked God to bless and protect her and her fellow white-tailed deer, as well as the other creatures He made.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 115)  It was as though she heard and understood our prayer, for she immediately stopped and turned to look at us.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 116)  Why can't everyone come to know and understand the blessings that come from encounters like this one between a white tailed deer and us?  If we did, then we'd also know what "peace on earth" is all about.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 117)  We said our good-byes and continued on our respective ways, until we meet again.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 118)  This is another white-tailed deer who walked across the road ahead of us as we were walking back from picking up our mail.  She stopped just off the side of the road and seemed to be waiting for us as she occasionally picked an old rose hip off the bush.  When we stopped, we were only about 10 feet apart.  She even waited for us to take the camera out of our case and take a couple of photos.  How anyone can stoop so low as to shoot such tame animals and call it "sport" is beyond our imagination.
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(White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - 119) When we went to take this second photo, the batteries ran out of power, so we had to change batteries before taking this picture.  She just watched what we were doing the whole time, occasionally reaching over to pick off another rose hip.  We visited for a few more minutes, then we went on our separate ways.

The following photos were sent to us by Alejandro G. Cossio of the rescued whitetail deer on his sanctuary in Queretaro, Mexico. We also believe that this subspecies of white-tailed deer are Odocoileus virginianus mexicanus who live in central Mexico.
Also see: About...Our Contributors, Friends, Supporters, and Volunteers
And: Alejandro and the Deer
And: Sierra Malichi: Living in Peace with Deer

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