Chinese water deer

Chinese water deer

Water deer are the second smallest cervidae world-wide. During the rutting season males confront each other in violent fighting. In the absence of horns, they use their two large upper canines which stick out from their jaws to inflict serious injury on their opponents. Six months later females give birth, sometimes to over five young.

Did you know ? Some specimens have acclimatised to living in the UK and France. They have gone back into the wild.

 

Classe 
mammalia
Famille 
cervidae
Ordre 
artiodactyla
Statut 
locally vulnerable