We dare you to look at some funny deer pictures and read some true stories about them.
If you look closely at our deer's eye, it has this wide pupil. Which probably explains the wider angle. Truly remarkable! We have fallow (Dama dama) deer, can't speak for other species.
Night vision - no problem there. One issue is - deer are red-green color blind. They see reds and oranges as shades of green. 50 shades of green, eh?
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Our deer, the fallow kind, they actually only have bottom front teeth. No top row in the front! In the back they do have both rows, that's how they crunch carrots and chew all they need to chew. See for yourself:
How do you ever fear these animals? You must see them as something like this:
Image credit: Oleg Vdovenko
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Glad to see you commenting on our website! Should actually link to your "Why We Don't Domesticate Deer" post from this post, think that might be best place to mention it.
Yep. Antlers are removed and regrow. As I've replied on your site, deer are safer that way.
We have wild white-tailed deer in a couple spots in NZ. Nobody farms that kind. They're only being hunted. Quite possibly they're less social. And they're too small for venison, so people don't bother. Fallow kind, even though small, grow big, wide antlers with velvet, which is valuable.
Regarding deer attacks, rare but sometimes vicious. Last we heard there was an Australian killed by his 'pet' deer.
You've got to be careful around them, especially bucks. Problem with taming deer is that they stop being afraid of you. When the deer is afraid of you and it has somewhere to run - it's your best defense. Deer are fearful by default.
And when a strong buck, especially in the rut, thinks you're not a threat any more - that's asking for trouble. Most times he can be just following you around taking treats from your hands looking pleased, but this one time something clicks in his mind and he might attack. You'd think he'd be stupid to bite the hand that feeds but then... he's a deer, he's not big on calculating cause and effect, he's living in the moment and in that moment he just felt like kicking your butt.
I think having a small to medium-size deer doe as a pet can be quite safe (whether it's a good idea - that's another question). But not a buck, even if you've grown him from his first day of life. Definitely have to be careful with them, but especially in the mating season.
The site is quite new so far. Will see if it finds its audience.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It reads here that "whitetail deer originated from the American state of New Hampshire, and were introduced into Stewart Island at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand in 1905."
Right, Red deer are huge, I've been near one once, felt like in a Jurassic park, with a small dinosaur. My partner works with them on other farms (velveting).
These guys we have by our house are small, like your white-tails.
Deer definitely can get accustomed to things, they overcome fears eventually. But all in their own time. Some are naturally braver than others. We got a couple that will stick their heads into the containers with corn that we're distributing it from, even inside this deep plastic jug. Others keep away from that, only picking from the ground. Got a couple of videos of deer eating from tableware, but haven't gotten aroud to publishing that yet. They're suspicious first, but some are then saying 'you only live once' and go for that new plate full of treats.)))
Our deer are fawning at the moment, and yes, they all are a bit more suspicious than their mothers, they're keeping away even if mother's approaching us.
Deer healing abilities are quite fabled, that's why asians like to eat that deer velvet, claiming it has medicinal properties. We're eating it too, just in case they're right :) The velvet pills, I mean, not the raw stuff.