Friday, June 07, 2013

Chinese Water Deer

There are six species of deer living wild in the UK. This is the one I had to travel furthest to see - the Chinese Water Deer. Almost prehistoric in its appearance, bearing tusks in place of antlers, this is the most primitive of our deer. Except it isn't really one of 'our' deer at all. Along with the Muntjac, Fallow and Sika, the Chinese Water Deer is not native to this country, and the fact that we now have
them living wild is due to escapes from Whipsnade zoo in 1929. The UK population now makes up more than 10% of the worlds number of Chinese Water Deer.

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