Unsurprisingly, the onlooker grew concerned about the little deer, who was roaming the vicinity alone. While deer are usually herd animals, some species will ostracize individuals if they appear different or have an injury.
By closing ranks on the perceived outcast, animals believe they are protecting their herd. Predators may see injured or unusual individuals as weak links. So by forcing them to live on their own, the herd believes they are reducing the risk of attack.
Despite the reasoning behind the young buck’s exclusion from his herd, the prospect of him having to graze alone at night proved heartbreaking for the Colts Neck resident. So he decided to step in to help.