At the rear of a mate's farm house is a couple of fields that he uses to bring cattle into that are ready to calf. Within these fields are a few fenced off areas containing young hardwoods (all tubed). Deer cross over these fields moving between the fenced areas.
A few days back he noticed a young 4 point buck in one of the fenced areas that can be seen from his house. This buck is fairly small and appears to have taken up residence in a .25 acre section. If you go near the fence where he is he only runs to the other end of the fenced area but does not leave it.
The young buck spends his day feeding up and down the fence line but here is the strange bit. He has been seen out in the field feeding with the calves.
Normally this buck would be on the cull list but he does seem to be a bit of a character and beside that I have been warned that if this "pet" deer disappears Mrs Farmer may not be best pleased.
I don't believe that his animal is unhealthy - just a bit smaller than average.