|Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi)|
He is a really lovely creature and I love to share this sort of thing with you. Anyway here is a couple of facts for you about muntjac deers:
- Muntjac don't breed once a year at a fixed season (rutting season) like other deer but throughout the year.
- Females have usually just one baby and are ready to mate again if the opportunity arises.
- Muntjac usually live to around 10 years of age but can live up to 16 for males and 19 for females though this is unusual.
- They are 'crepuscular' which means they are most active at dawn and dusk.
- They like to live in deciduous and coniferous woods with dense undergrowth, ferns etc and are hard to spot because they are so small - though people have reported seeing them in their gardens and even walking along roads!
- We saw this little fella at Kelling Heath - he came right up to the decking to eat some fruit! And we could often hear their barking during the night.
- Their diet is made up of leaves, berries, fungi, bark and herbs. Because they strip bark and leaves from low area some people consider them a pest :-(
- Their numbers are unfortunately decreasing - and that's down to us. Hunting for their meat and fur has unfortunately become popular to some people, and others are killed by cars. Muntjacs are found all around the world and their other predators include crocodiles, leopards and tigers (not in this country though!)
- If they are alarmed their tails will stand up and males will scream whereas females and young will squeak.