Watch These Deer Casually Parade Through A Man’s Yard

Written by Sharon Parry
Published: January 24, 2023
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A charming scene of a group of deer wandering through a front yard in Florida as if it is the most natural thing in the world. What they don’t realize is that they have been captured on a doorbell cam so we all get to see this lovely scene!

Deer in Florida

The video does not identify the species of deer but we know that Key deer are native to the Florida Keys. They are a small subspecies of white-tailed deer and are sometimes called toy deer because of their size – they are only around 28 inches tall which is about a third smaller than other deer found in the US. Some are not much bigger than pet dogs! The distinctive feature of white-tailed deer is the white patch of white fur which you can see on the deer in this video when they lift their tails.

Sadly, the Key deer are endangered and they have no fear of humans. That also explains why they are quite happy to wander around this front lawn. They are usually gentle creatures who live alone or in groups but the males can become more aggressive when they are in rut. They are most active in the evening, the night and the early morning. These deer are very comfortable in the water and can swim from one island to another without difficulty.

Key deer with baby
Key deer are native to the Florida Keys

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Why Are These Deer in a Garden?

The simple answer is that deer are herbivores and gardens contain plants! However some plants, such as rhubarb, are poisonous for them. They eat between six and eight percent of their body weight in a day.

If these are Key deer, there may be a reason why they are in the garden. Some of the deer’s feeding grounds have been destroyed by hurricanes in the area over the last decades. Their habitat is also being destroyed by human developments. So, these guys are making themselves at home in urban areas. There is plenty of footage online of these deer in gardens, commercial buildings and construction sites. Some residents put fresh drinking water out for them and encourage them to visit their homes. The good news is that they are surviving surprisingly well in built-up areas.

However, as they become more reliant on humans, they have to spend more time close to roads which is very dangerous for them. Drivers in the area need to be alert for them!

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Key deer buck growing antlers
Key deer buck growing antlers

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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