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Red Deer

The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is a large cervid found in the temperate forests of Europe, North Africa, North America and Asia. Its name is a pleonasm because “élaphe” already means “deer” in Greek.

The female is the doe, the cub is the fawn. Then, from 6 months to 1 year, it is called "heir" if it is a male, the female keeps the name fawn for up to a year. From 1 year to 2 years old, the young male is called "brag" with two large dry antlers and the female "bichette".

It is a crepuscular and nocturnal species (or which has become so by adapting to hunting pressure, as it has probably become forest while being more adapted to semi-open or open environments).

The species is gregarious. The females (hinds) gather in herds with a home range of 2,000 to 5,000 ha. The males live with them during the mating season (the rut). A single male can be accompanied by a herd of up to sixty hinds.

Males and females live separately from December to August and meet for a fertilization period that extends in temperate Europe from September 15 to October 15. The rut, marked by the hoarse and resounding cry of the male (the slab) occurs in late summer or early fall, and lasts for about a month, but deer beating can still be heard until mid -November. The cry of the slab is a roar and a bellow and can be heard several kilometers away.

Source : wikipedia

Red deer (Cervus elaphus)
Han-sur-Lesse (Belgium)
October 11, 2020