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Photo: Fawn shows off a constellation of spots

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Our photo of the day comes from northern Illinois.

Is this not the sweetest fawn ever? Photogreaphed by Ted Roger Karson, I especially love the pattern of the spots – of which biologist Jeannine Fleegle writes:

"The average number of spots on a fawn’s coat ranges from 272-342. And each spot ranges in size from 0.24 to 0.51 inches in diameter. Yes, someone actually counted and measured them at some point. Like a fingerprint, spot patterns are unique to every fawn adhering to the general arrangement described above [that being that the spots of their coat run in two lateral lines from ear to tail on each side of a fawn's body] but differing in the number of spots, their size, and how they are dispersed."

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