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You never know what you will see.

If you pay attention you will find miracles everywhere.  And so it was last Monday night when I came home from a bad day at work.  I had just turned down our driveway when I saw an antelope crossing the road in front of me.  There’s nothing unusual about that but what was unusual was that she was moving slow and guess what was right behind her – twins.  From the looks of it, I would guess they were probably less than a day old. 

Of course when they saw the pickup coming toward them the sweet babies panicked and did exactly what they were supposed to do – they laid down and pretended to be a couple of rocks.  The only problem was they laid down in the driveway where there wasn’t much cover.  They tried to stay put but as soon as I stopped the pickup, grabbed my camera and slowly walked toward them one just couldn’t take it anymore – he bolted.

 But the other one stayed put just like Mama told him to do – even when the crazy lady with the camera stuck to her face snuck up on him.  He’s a pretty cool cucumber if you ask me.  I didn’t get very close.  I used the zoom and some careful cropping once I got back to the computer to get this ‘close up’.

I didn’t stay more than a few seconds, just long enough to snap a couple of photos and then I backed off and left the baby untouched.  Mama didn’t go far either – she watched me very carefully and as soon as I pulled away she came back and gathered up her babies. 

It’s human nature to want to pick them up and cuddle them but don’t do it! 

Wild Mama’s and their babies are best left alone.

 

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”                        – John Muir-

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