Well, 'SNEEZY' is still hanging around, and getting braver every day. Today, we were loading the trailer for our show this weekend in VA (SUMMER IN THE VALLEY) and he strutted around among all the goodies, curious to see if anything was for him...LOL He kept coming up to me, staring into my eyes...don't know if it was a challenge or he found me 'mother-like', but he ended up flying onto my shoulder for a brief, up-close visit, then onto a table he found more interesting.
Later, as we had the door propped open to bring goods out of the basement, 'SNEEZY' couldn't resist, so in he walked and started checking things out among our junky storage...Enough! Out he went after Giles shooed him away.
He is certainly charming and interesting, but as with all wildlife, we're trying not to encourage him to be our pet. Already, he is sure to become easy prey since he clucks loudly with every step while he is hunting for bugs. He obviously is not afraid of humans, loud noises, sudden movements and strange piles of old stuff sitting in the driveway, awaiting their place in the trailer.
SNEEZY is young and curious and cute...but he will get bigger, wilder and more aggressive as he matures and when mating season begins, it would not be a 'good thing' for him to feel at ease around us. He needs to move on and find a 'family' more like himself... Besides, the season of giving Thanks isn't far off, so if he knows what's good for him...Well!
BTW...everytime he gets close to us, he sneezes...YEP! So checked and read that 'stags' (males) make the sneezing noise as a way to show off...Thus, the name 'SNEEZY'... And he has been showing off!
As for those who think it is fun to 'adopt' wild animals, please think before you do. They are wild! They need to enjoy nature as God intended... Let's all enjoy these wild creatures from a distance and hope they don't all try to 'adopt' us! BLESSINGS!