Over the last couple of weeks Deer have started arriving in our garden from the woodland beyond. We didn’t even know they were living there, we had seen them in the woods – but assumed that they were just passing through. Since part of the fence “blew” down in the wind they have ventured into the garden and started to come ever closer. They wander around the garden, and appear to co-habit quite happily with our 3 cats.
This morning at a few minutes to 8:00 a.m. Clare managed to catch one of them on camera through the window. They are about as big as a Golden Retriever and constantly listen to all that is going on around them… the slightest movement in the house and they take a single leap and then run away…. usually under the trampoline and back off into the woods.
With a little help from Wikipedea…
Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjac are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France and Germany.
The present-day species are native to Southeast Asia and can be found from India and Sri Lanka to southern China, Taiwan, Japan (Boso Peninsula and Oshima Island), India and Indonesian islands. They are also found in the eastern Himalayas and in Myanmar. Inhabiting tropical regions, the deer have no seasonal rut and mating can take place at any time of year; this behaviour is retained by populations introduced to temperate countries.
Reeves’s Muntjac has been introduced to England, with wild deer originating from escapes from Woburn Park around 1925. Muntjac have expanded very rapidly, and are now present in most English counties south of the M62….