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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Cold and windy day wildlife in the Great North....

Posted on 2011.02.21 at 08:28


primula_baggins at 2011-02-21 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
Awww. I'm happy they found a good spot to get out of the wind in your yard.

I don't know how they can stand being in all that snow, but I guess they are equipped for it, somehow. I noticed that when the one stood up, you could see where his body had melted the snow beneath him. :-) They look so much alike, I wonder if they are siblings?

Thanks for sharing these beautiful creatures with us.
mechtild at 2011-02-21 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
They are definitely a pair. I don't know if deer have twins very often, but one might be a foster child. Deer often live in small familial groups, not the buck, but does and fauns. Sometimes more than one doe will travel together, along with their children. When the young males get too old they are urged to leave, if they don't do so on their own. Must be some natural deterrant to inbreeding. But a doe and her grown daughter can live together indefinitely.

Now, take that with a grain of salt. There are often articles in the paper about deer habits, studies of deer behaviour, since we have so many, enough to be considered a public nuisance, but I don't have an absolutely accurate memory. :)
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