The holiday season is quickly approaching, and for most people, shopping is high on their list of things to do. And, as it turns out, this mother deer isn’t an exception either.
Lori Jones works at the Horsetooth Inn and RV Park, a picturesque retreat tucked away at the foot of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colorado, where the shop sells gifts and supplies. There, wildlife sightings are by no means unusual, but one recent visitor in particular stood out.
Or, to be more precise, she simply walked in.
This week, a wild doe unexpectedly came in the doorway as Jones was working in the shop. A little while later, while Jones watched in shock, the curious deer really entered the store like she was another client browsing the shelves.
It was hilarious, said Jones. She was focusing on the chips and the sunglasses. I was giggling hysterically.
Jones is not entirely unfamiliar with this deer. She is the matriarch of a family that frequents the grounds on their way to a nearby field to graze. They are known to reside in the neighborhood. But the deer had never previously inside a structure (nor had she shown any interest in shopping, for that matter).
Jones chose to accompany the deer outside, coaxing her back to the field with a peanut bar in hand, believing that she had merely been disoriented.
And that was it, at least in Jones’ opinion.
She was mistaken.
About 30 minutes later, the deer reappeared with her entire family, according to Jones. “I go outside to discover her there while I’m taking inventory in the office. This time, she brought her twins along with a young buck that she had taken in as her own.”
Kids gathered at the door to wait. Jones made it clear.
“They simply stood in the doorway and said, “Can we enter as well? ” I said, “No.” “Jones remembered.
Nobody knows why the deer was so interested in the store that day (but rumor of gifts might have played a part). Jones, however, didn’t want to welcome them too warmly because they were wild animals.
She then snatched up another peanut bar and enticed the mother and her children back to the field. Jones often forbids feeding animals, but she made the decision to do so in order to acknowledge their cooperation.
Jones then clapped her hands together to send the deer scurrying back into the nearby forest. As they scampered away, she said, “Take your kids home.”
The majority of the time, visitors to the store should feel content that they have acquired something remarkable. However, this time, courtesy of those chance customers, it was the shop owner herself.
Jones remarked, “It was just a great sight to witness.” “The amount of wildlife here is simply amazing. You name it, we have it: mountain lions, bighorn sheep, deer, raccoons. They are left on their own. Nature is that. However, I believe they are all fantastic.”