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Deer are the only group of animals in the world to have antlers. Antlers are the fastest growing living tissue in the world!

Amazing Facts About the Deer
from OneKindPlanet.com
There are over 60 different species of deer worldwide. Deer are present on all continents except Antarctica. They can live in a range of habitats, from mountainous areas to warm and wet rainforests. The Barbary red deer is the only species present in Africa
A male deer is called a buck but some larger males are referred to as stags. A Female deer is called a doe or hind. A young deer is called a fawn. Bucks and does can be distinguished from each other by the presence of antlers. Female Caribou (Reindeer) are the only female deer which grow antlers
All species of deer have antlers, with the exception of the Chinese water deer. Instead of antlers, they have long canine teeth which can be as long as 8cm!
Each year, antlers fall off and regrow. As they regrow, they are covered in a furry coat called velvet. The velvet is rich in nerves and blood vessels, allowing the antlers to regrow quickly
During the mating season, or ‘the rut’, bucks will use their antlers to fight over does. The winner is the buck who manages to overpower the other. Red deer can be heard roaring in the rut to attract females
The length of pregnancy in deer varies according to size. Generally, the larger the species the longer the gestation. It is dependent on where a species lives as to when it will breed. Deer in tropical climates can breed all year round
When most deer are born, they have white spots which disappear as they mature. The spots help fawns to blend into their background, acting as camouflage
A fawn can normally walk within half an hour of being born. Fawns do not have a smell, helping them avoid predators
All species of deer have a four chamber stomach which allows them to chew the cud. This is a processes of partially chewing food, regurgitating it, and chewing it again to make it easier to digest
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In winter, deer are less active in order to preserve energy as there is less food available
Deer can jump up to 10ft high and are very good swimmers
As deer eyes are on the side of their head, they have 310 degrees’ vision. This is much more than humans, who have 180 degree vision. Deer also have very good night vision which is particularly useful at dawn and dusk when they are most active
Deer can have a homeland range which can span 30 miles. They move about depending on food availability
The majority of deer are shades of light to medium brown. White stags are often described in myths and folklore but they also exist in real life! A white stag occurs when a deer has a condition called leucism which causes the hair and skin to lose its natural colour. When white stags are spotted, it is often not publicised to prevent poachers finding them as they are viewed as trophies which can sell for thousands of pounds
The largest deer species was the Irish Giant Deer which went extinct 11,000 years ago. Reaching 7ft tall at the shoulder, the Irish Deer’s antlers could span 12ft, four times the width of a single bed!

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grandmapegs

Nette, thank you for the note. So glad you enjoyed the puzzle and the information.

nette10

Love the post and info Peg! ❤

grandmapegs

Ardy, excellent day here. Sky is full of magnificent thunder clouds. Neighbor called to tell me the hummingbirds had arrived, going out to set up feeders for the hungry little birds after their long flight. The deer around our country home herd in 60 to 80 deer, so they are a magnificent sight all year long, but mostly in the fall. Thanks for the sweet post. Hugs

ringleader

I like to watch the deer in the wild. That's a nice brooch you found, Peg. Thanks. Interesting information. Sun finally came out today. Hope your day is going well. Hugs.