Fawns
   Fawns, of course, are our dearest loves.  We have saved dozens of fawns and although they are all precious, some really capture our heart.  Usually does stay with their mothers for life so we have to be very careful that the babies don't imprint on us or, when they are big 200 lb girls, they will stand at the backdoor and demand to come in for dinner!
     In our latest group, we had 7 males and 2 females.  Oddly enough, the females weren't the ones who tried to imprint.  We had two males who had to be kept alive by tube feeding (not plesant for either of us!) and they will still come close to me as yearlings.  It's nice to see that, months later, 7 of these have remained a little herd and three (the two friendly males and one female) are exceptionally close and are never but a few feet apart.  
     Bottle feeding so many babies, five times a day, isn't easy but it is rewarding.  Deer are so intelligent, much like dogs or goats.  They each have distinct personalities, love to play and make lasting relationships.      
     We don't allow company to come in contact with our fawns because we want them to fear people lest they come into contact with hunters.  When they are released, they are truly wild and have to forage and live like any other deer.  It is nice to see them in the woods around sunset or sunrise, and sometimes they will come into the pasture to eat under our seventy five 100 hundred year old pecan trees.  Their color is distint and unusual to each of them and I can usually pick out and remember the name and problems each baby had in the nursery. 

Horses

     We have between 9 - 12 resident horses here at any given time.  Kayla, our equine handler, teaches, rehabs and boards horses.  Some are calm and easy and some are wild babies, but all come with a story and all will behave long enought to take a piece of apple or carrot.  
     We have stall and pasture availability for those traveling with their own horses.  Since we are located not far off I-85, we are convenient for those going back and forth to shows and races.  We have lots of horse friendly trails that meander through almost 60 acres. There is also a large lighted arena, round pen, hot water wash area and grassy pastures for horses that are tired of standing in their trailers.  
We also have one donkey, Bethleham.  He's an overweight little guy who is timid and loves his old mare friend, Gracie, who is 35 years old.  Donkeys sing a mornful song and ours certainly spends a good amount of time belting out his version of donkey opera.  His idea of Heaven would be standing beside Gracie while someone brushes his wiry coat. 

Pigs

Pigs, gosh we love them.  We've had lots of pigs over the years and are delighted by their sillly personalities.  
Unlike their reputations, pigs are clean and so darn smart! We currently have three resident pigs, Babette, the large black pig who is beautiful and knows it, Orson, a shy and blind male who just wants to be alone and Eleanore, the social butterfly, who will find anyone willing to scratch her stomach and flop over at their feet.  She was raised in a college apartment with four boys and fully believes herself to be the center of all things.  Eleanore is the one we have to watch so she doesn't walk down the isle after some unsuspecting bride. 

Amos Earl the Mule 

We recently welcomed this precious guy to the farm. He was rescued by Save the Horses from a kill pen, after being driven almost to death as an Amish cart and plow horse.
They worked their magic at STH for a few weeks and his health has increased. He has trouble getting up if he lies down and has giant swollen hocks due to the work he's done. He holds up his leg in pain when he stands. As always, I'm constantly amazed by how badly humans treat animals but I'm encouraged that another human cared enough to drive north and save his life. 


Until he arrived, we didn't realize his giant size. He is a Percheron cross, so he is enormous. His bray is the most ridiculous noise I've ever heard. Apparently, he aspires to be an opera singer. I love it. 

Sheep, Turkeys, Chickens, Guineas and one crazy Emu
Tortellini 

     Tortellini is a 175 lb African Sulcata Tortoise that came to us about 12 years ago.  Until then, we had no idea a reptile could have such a huge personality.  We estimate him to be at least 60 years old and he could live 60 more.  For such an old guy,  he has run away twice, been featured on the news, on national news, and local papers.  If one of us sits down near him he will come and try to get in our laps!  
     We are totally against tortoises for pets.  It is hard to replicate the lives they would have in the wild and difficult to meet their feeding requirements and exercise needs.  Tort walks miles each day because, in their native habitats, they are constantly on the move.  In the summer, our tortoises eat only grass, which is best for them, but in the winter, they must be kept above 60 degrees, fed a variety of greens and hay and constantly monitored to make sure they don't get sick.  A respiratory infection is a constant worry. Pet tortoises should NEVER be released into the wild.  They cannot adapt and do not have the skills to survive.  

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We have five sheep, Clarence, Ma, Annabeth, Bluebell and Sugar.  Clarence is NOT a friendly sheep and especially despises children and short ladies.  For this reason, we never let anyone in their pasture.  A small boy once jumped on Clarence and tried to ride him rodeo style and a sheep never forgets.  Ma is a rescue.  She is shy and probably insecure as Clarence is a neutered male and she most likely wonders why he doesn't find her attractive. 
Our Emu, Tiki Hut, was delivered to us as a hatchling.  He was found on a golf course, something we are still mighty confused about.  He was a gorgeous striped chick that we raised with baby ducks.  He still spends a lot of time in the summer sitting in the pig pool and wondering why he's doing it.  He is hillarious when he runs and, if he were a human, we imagine he would be Ru Paul. 
We have a huge group of chickens, turkeys and guineas.  They lay organic eggs and only eat organic food, worms and veggies.  Some of our hens lay beautiful blue eggs! They have intricate family groups and, true to the saying, often times birds of a feather do flock together, even when they were raised with other types.  On the flipside, our Turkey has been in a love triangle with another turkey and a guinea for quite some time

Trooper​

Another recent addition to the farm is the giant draft horse Trooper. Trooper has been boarding at SFF since February 2018. You might have seen the story of Alexa Richardson, who rescued him from a bad carriage ride situation. He is skinny but oh so very sweet. To me he is so enormous that he looks like something out of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Since most creatures here are trying to lose weight, spoiling Trooper will be nothing but a pleasure. 

Czar

Prior to coming to SFF, Czar had been living in a stall for months as he lost sight due to uveitis. He has retired from shows, of course, and was most likely feeling a little scared and alone. Our donkey, Bethlehem, lost his long-time friend Gracie, when she died in her late 30s last year. He has been so lonely since. A sad donkey is a heart-wrenching sight. There is a reason Eeyore was written as a gloomy donkey.

So we decided to try Bethie and Czar together. Since then, they have been the best of friends. Bethlehem wears a bell on his halter so that Czar is able to find him throughout the pasture. 


What do you mean you don't want a hamburger? 

Although I am licensed for most mammals and reptiles, fawns are my specialty now.  Over the years, I've worked with hundreds of squirrels, opossums, several adorable ground hogs, lots of snakes and turtles and even a vulture and raccoon or two.  Working with animals has allowed me to see that every being, no matter how intelligent we see it, large or small, beautiful or, like the vulture, different looking, has a soul and a will to live.  That is why most of us at Spotted Fawn Farm are vegetarians. 

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