Let's say you are out for a walk with your little daughter. Strolling around you suddenly hear sounds of joy from her. As you turn around she's happily petting a (roe deer) fawn laying in the grass.
What to do (not from the pedagogy point of view ;) )?
Is it possible to neutralize the "human smell" somehow? If not, who would be the right person to contact?
This question is really not about why one shouldn't touch a fawn. Let's just agree that we shouldn't do it for whatever reason. The question is about the actions to take to revoke such a possible "accident".
Just a few references to prove that you really shouldn't touch a fawn:
From Wildlife in Crisis:
Do not touch the fawn! This could cause the mother to reject it.
From Native Animal Rescue:
Fawns are born scent-free and have white camouflage spots which protect them from predators. The doe continues to keep her babies scent free by consuming her fawns urine and droppings. This is yet another reason why humans should never touch a fawn. Leaving human scent on their body will attract predators to the fawn.
Here's a German reference which I want to share:
Typisch für junge Kitze ist ein Geruch nach saurer Milch und Harn. Die Milch gelangt auf das Fell der Kitze, wenn sie sich nach dem Saugen belecken, da sie meist im Liegen harnen, ist ihr Fell außerdem mit Harn benetzt. Zwischen der dritten und fünften Woche endet die Prägungsphase zwischen Kitz und Muttertier, die nicht mehr rückgängig zu machen ist.
Freely interpreted it says:
Typical for a young fawn is a smell of sour milk and urine. The milk get onto fawns' fur when they lick themselves after sucking. As they usually urinate while lying down, their fur is also wetted. Between the third and fifth week, the embossing phase (imprint phase/conditioning phase) between fawn and mother ends and cannot be undone.