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  All you need to know about Bambi Bambi in the Spring...  
     
 

It's birth time!

The does are impregnated during the preceding autumn and, after an 8-1/2 month gestation period (240 days), the baby is delivered the following June.

The beginnings of a deer’s life are seldom observed. The doe stays in hiding during the delivery of the fawn. The young fawn is born head first. Its mother cuts the umbilical cord; tears open and eats the sac which still surrounds the fawn. Then comes a long cleaning session which will create a bound between the fawn and its mother. The fawn will quickly make its first attempts to stand up and finally will nurse for the first time!

 
 

Young fawn

A fawn will stand on its feet only half an hour after its birth. It will weigh approximately 15 lbs. When it reaches adulthood in the fifth year, it will weigh between 250 and 500 lbs for a male and 3 times less for a female. The life expectancy is between 15 and 20 years.
The young are called "fawn" until 6 months of age. Between 6 months and 1 year, it's a "here". From one year, it's a "daguet". Afterwards, it is classified according to its antlers. The first time it grows them, it is called a "first head", next year it's a "second head", etc. Then comes the phase where it is named "ten body youngly" and ends
spectacularly with the "great ten-body" or "royal".
 
 
 

 
 

 

Young fawns stay alone during the first days lying motionless. The mother only comes for it to suckle. During this time, a human should not get close to it as the doe may feel threatened and abandon the fawn. This isolation is an indication of its security. By this way, predators cannot locate it (fox, lynx...). As soon as it is strong enough to stand on its legs, it will join the herd with its mother. Young fawns have a characteristic coat which is dappled. It will stay with its mother in the herd and recognize her thanks to her unique smell. The male never plays a part in its education: the doe will do it alone.

 
 
 
 

Antler development.

Their main food source is buds and young growths.
Deer are vegetarians. Like all ruminants, they chew their food twice.
Only males grow antlers.
Once this growth process begins, it occurs seasonally. The antlers fall off during winter and grow again very quickly in springtime. This is a continuous cycle the rest of the male's life. The antlers are covered with velvet and are soft. This velvet coating is, in fact, a sensitive skin layer which circulates blood to the antlers.

 

For more on the seasons of deer go to:
http://cerfs.ifrance.com/cerfs/english/frame1-e.htm

 

Come back soon to read about Bambi in the summer!

 

 
 

 

 

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