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Old 12-19-2022, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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First, you will see what I call a no neck monster mule deer buck. This guy is really impressive with his big rack of antlers (one is broken off). It is a real treat to see this guy just behind my casita. I got a short piece of video in the daylight that shows just how beautiful he is!
Then we have a squadron of javelina with a pair of babies included. I counted 12 of them. They are just peacefully grazing through my property. I love seeing these little peccaries visit our house!
Next, I was walking up my driveway from taking out the recycling when I got the feeling that I was being watched. I stopped and started looking around and saw a deer laying on the ground under a tree looking at me. It did not get up or show any alarm at all. I got a bit of video and left it alone. I ran an errand and came back about a half hour later. From my truck, I looked where I had previously seen the deer, and it was still there, but now it was chewing something. Again, there was no alarm, and it just looked at me. I pulled forward about 50 feet, looked over and saw another deer laying down and looking at me. Not one bit of alarm. I got out of the truck and got a bit of video of this deer, then left them alone. I love that they are frequently around and do not just get up and bolt so I can get some video to share with you all.
Lastly, we have a short segment of Blaze, The Wonder Cat taking a nap on my desk in the afternoon sun. This is one of his favorite places to be in the house. When he is sleeping, this is when he is at his best behavior!!!

Thank you all for watching! I hope you enjoyed the video!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m1H0O2O9fQ
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Old 12-20-2022, 07:52 PM
 
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Everyone is so peaceful in your video - the buck is strong and calm and his coat is really nice. The javalina babies are so cute amidst all the adults as they graze. Amazing how calm those two deer are, lying on the ground like cows and completely comfortable with your presence.
And Blaze napping in the sun! His tail is wrapped over his foot, very cute, and he has pink pads. Thank you for this video and for being such a good friend to all the animals.
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Old 12-20-2022, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Javalinas would scare the crap out of me. Any wild pig - what am I saying - ANY pig would scare me into the next county. I've heard too many stories of them attacking people.
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Old 12-21-2022, 11:57 AM
 
Location: SW US
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When driving home yesterday I encountered a group of javelinas crossing a nearby road. They had two very, very tiny babies with them. I stopped my car to let them cross and a couple of them stopped and watched me. I guess they wanted to see what I was going to do. Apparently, they decided I was OK because the whole group then crossed in front of me, in the line they usually make. Nice to see them. I didn't know they had their babies in the dead of winter.
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Old 12-21-2022, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Inland California Desert
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Deer (among other ruminants) eat their fill, then go find a safe place to sit and digest their food at a later time. Then they bring the food back up into their mouths and chew it again. This is known as 'chewing their cud.' This way they can eat a lot in the mornings & evenings, and later digest it elsewhere at their leisure.


"Deer spend more time bedded (about 70 percent) than in any other behavior or activity. Bedding periods last an average of 30 minutes. Deer are creatures of habit and may bed in the same location repeatedly. https://www.faqsclear.com/how-long-d...hew-their-cud/
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Old 12-25-2022, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Could've fooled me. I thought the deer spent more time eating my flowers than anything else.
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Old 12-27-2022, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Andover, MA
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Thanks so much for sharing!
I arrived in Tucson in September for a long term work assignment and I'm thinking of making this area my permanent home.
My current house in Massachusetts, near the MA/NH border has a backyard that is frequented by deer, fox, wild turkeys, and coyotes.
I enjoy seeing wildlife and nature and hope to find something similar to what you've captured here in Tucson.
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Old 12-29-2022, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Everyone is so peaceful in your video - the buck is strong and calm and his coat is really nice. The javalina babies are so cute amidst all the adults as they graze. Amazing how calm those two deer are, lying on the ground like cows and completely comfortable with your presence.
And Blaze napping in the sun! His tail is wrapped over his foot, very cute, and he has pink pads. Thank you for this video and for being such a good friend to all the animals.
Sorry for the late reply wildflowers27 and everyone else. I caught a nasty cold Christmas eve and am just now starting to get over it. Thanks for watching! I love peacefulness, and while I know there is a lot living and dying for the wildlife in our area, I really do treasure these no drama encounters very much. I have trail cam video of javelina and mule deer running through my property like they are running for their lives. I will share this in the future. All the more reason to appreciate the peaceful moments we can share.
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Old 12-29-2022, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Javalinas would scare the crap out of me. Any wild pig - what am I saying - ANY pig would scare me into the next county. I've heard too many stories of them attacking people.
I understand that different people have different fears for different reasons, but often, fears originate due to a lack of knowledge or understanding about a particular subject. When I first moved to Green Valley, AZ, I had never seen a javelina before, so the first time I encountered one, I was a little scared. I did not know what to expect. Now, 8.5 years later, I have encountered javelina hundreds of times (I walk my neighborhood daily) and have never been charged by one even though I inadvertently ended up closer to them than I normally would be on several occasions. This happens when they walk out from behind cactus on the side of the road I am walking, or even in my own driveway. I am not afraid of the javelina, but I do have a healthy respect for them. I do not feed them, and I do not try to be best buddies with them and try to pet them. I leave them space, and they leave me space, and we get along.

I think you would actually like seeing one in person. There is no benefit to them to engage humans (other than food because some people feed them, and they do not know which humans to approach and which ones not to, and this is where people can get hurt. No one should be feeding javelina!). Given the chance, the javelina will run away rather than attack. The golden rules are 1. Do not corner them. 2. Do not mess with their babies. 3. Be extra vigilant when walking a dog as javelina see them as predators. Keep your eyes on the road well ahead of you, and if you see javelina, turn around and go the other way. If you are accidentally too close, back away facing them until you feel it is safe to turn around and walk away, and keep your dog under control.

The last thing I will say is that in the 8.5 years I have lived in Green Valley, I have not heard of anyone being attacked by a javelina. I have seen a few stories out of Tucson, and it usually involves a person with a dog, or someone trying to be too friendly with the javelina.
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Old 12-29-2022, 08:34 AM
 
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Great post, Bart! You know your stuff.
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