MAM­MAL

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

CHI­NESE WA­TER DEER Bri­tain’s rarest deer shouldn’t re­ally be here at all — although con­ser­va­tion­ists are glad that it is. One-tenth of the world’s Chi­nese Wa­ter Deer now re­sides here, prin­ci­pally in East Anglia where it ap­pears to be ever com­moner in fens, reedbeds and marshes. De­cem­ber is rut­ting sea­son for this teddy-bear-faced deer with the fangs of a vam­pire, mak­ing it more read­ily vis­i­ble than nor­mal.

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