The 1942 Disney animated Bambi has done well in equating the Bambi namesake with deer, a classic example of how a proper noun, after being used as a household name in different homes based in different parts of the world, transforms into an accepted common noun proxy.
Originally based on a novel written by Felix Salten, the movie has done more than just give deer a new name, but has also spread the importance of environmental awareness, addressing the risks and dangers involved in unsettling Mother Nature’s ecologic balance.
The answer, of course, is not as clear cut as aspiring pet deer owners would want, considering that if they were all that easy to have as pets, they’d have been quite popular pet options since the Bambi movie’s release.
Deer as Pets – Not Easy, but Possible
Keeping deer as pets is possible, but their care and maintenance won’t be easy for pet deer owners.
For one, space and enclosures with access to greens should be considered in their keeping, given that keeping them inside homes and domiciles aren’t suitable habitats for deer.
They may be quite sweet and “clingy” when raised from doe to adulthood, but they are also prone to bite people, depending on situations and circumstances, usually when their tempers are put to the test.
The thing about deer is that they are naturally inclined to only prowl within a specified radius, with a defined “home spot” in the middle of that said radius. This means that if one keeps deer in a ranch or fenced space, they’re not all that driven to jump out and never come back, but cases of deer-related injuries and accidents are known to exist in cases when deer-pets do escape from enclosures.
They also have the tendency to dig through enclosures/fences, so ensuring solid fence constructions is essential in keeping deer as pets.
All in all, they can be kept as pets, but with regards the cost, maintenance and upkeep involving their pet-status, having them around won’t be easy as having a dog or cat as a pet.
That said, would you still want one running around at home?