Photo: Doe reveals secrets of fence jumping

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Our remarkable photo of the day comes from Jackson County, Oregon.

OK I confess, upon my first quick glimpse of this photo I thought it was a kangaroo. The shame! Of course, the hooves give it away, but wow, I have never seen a deer like this before. Photographer Mark Heatherington explains the acrobatic feat of this young black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) doe – he calls it the two-step fence jump:

"When I shot this action sequence, I was concerned with keeping her in frame and focus. Only upon review did I realize that she actually briefly landed on the four foot high fence with her back legs and then did a second jump. I've never see this before."

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Emigrant Creek - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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