fallow deer

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fallow deer

either of two deer, Dama dama or D. mesopotamica, native to the Mediterranean region and Persia respectively. The antlers are flattened and the summer coat is reddish with white spots

Fallow Deer


(Cervus dama), an artiodactyl of the genus Cervus. The antlers of the male are palmate; the females have no antlers. The males measure about 130 cm long and stand 85–90 cm high at the shoulder. They weigh about 90 kg. The females are smaller. The coloration in the summer is a rust red with white spots; in the winter, a uniform gray-brown. White or black individuals are found.

Fallow deer are native to the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. In many countries of Europe, including the USSR, and also in New Zealand and America, fallow deer are raised in parks and preserves, where they are kept for display and to be hunted. Fallow deer prefer broad-leaved forests. They feed on herbaceous and woody vegetation. The animals live in groups of three to ten members; the males range separately except during the mating season. The antlers are shed in May; new ones are formed by August. The deer mate in September or October. The gestation period is about eight months. There are one or two offspring. Only a few dozen individuals have been preserved in the wild state in southern Iran (they are protected).

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Fallow deer are native to Britain and much of Europe, originally brought to the UK by the Normans.
The rutting season is when the fallow deer males compete for the right to mate with the does by furiously clashing antlers to determine the strongest, most powerful buck in the herd; the deep-sounding belches are the first signs of the rut.
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He and Elodie Briefer, also from Queen Mary, along with Elisabetta Vannoni of Switzerland's University of Zurich, studied fallow deer, native to most of Europe, during four consecutive breeding seasons.
At 7:30 on Sunday, January 24, 2010, several veterinarians discovered six rabid dogs in the moat of the fallow deer space in Sofia Zoo.
Depute fiscal Lorraine Sweeney said that at 10pm onMarch 9 a keeper at the deer enclosure at Ayr's Belleisle Park Pets' Corner checked the 13 fallow deer there and found them all to be in good health.
gigantens was closely related to the fallow deer because that living European species also has flat antlers.
For the large species, such as red and fallow deer, October is also the peak of the mating season when bucks and stags tend to run blindly across the road.