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Weird but special deer
Observed: 23rd May 2013 By: jeltje
Added: 22nd September 2013
Big deer:1,2m shoulder hight and weighing 135-200kg(males much bigger than females).Originate from China,extinct in the wild.The current world population (in zoos around the world and those reintroduced in China)stems from the Woburn herd.They have a few special characters:Their coat looks shaggy because long guard hairs are present throughout the year.(Summer coat reddish brown winter coat grey).Tail is about 50cm long with a dark tuft at the end.Hooves are large and spreading,an adaptation for walking on soft marshy ground.This deer is semi aquatic and loves wallowing in shallow water.Weird head:long horse-like face,eyes with large pre-orbital gland,naked nose pad,small pointed ears,long neck with throat mane.Antlers are an unusually shaped and often covered with plant matter.They grow 2 sets per year.