Here some most recent pictures.
I've got two separate sets of twins at completely different sites.
Here's the first pair. Momma's looking a wee bit skinny.
Trying to consume enough calories to feed twins, while also meeting her own metabolic needs must be a herculean task (especially with the brutal heat we've had lately). Research investigating the energetic demands on female Black-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) that are lactating to feed juveniles illustrates what I'm talking about. According to Sadlier (1982), female Black-tailed Deer that are lactating and feeding a single fawn consume 135% of the food/energy intake of non-lactating females. Females lactating to feed twins consumed 170% of the intake of non-lactating does!
This momma looks a bit more heathly.
A couple of does with only one mouth to feed are also hanging around...
More fawns in the future, I hope!
Sadleir, R.M.F.S. 1982. Energy consumption and subsequent partitioning in lactating black-tailed deer. Canadian Journal of Zoology 60:382-386.