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I was gazing at three whitetail deer in my backyard: a doe and two fawns. The fawns still had their spots. I noticed that one fawn's spots were in horizontal rows and the other had spots that were randomized and scattered. Why do some whitetail fawns have these two spot patterns?

I can't find any references to significance of spot patterns. Since these two fawns were presumably siblings, I think it is probably just a small genetic variation.

J. Elliott

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