W is for White-Tailed Deer
White-tailed deer by Rick Cameron on Flikr.
The white-tailed deer lives in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America down to Peru.
It has a horizontally split pupil that allows it good vision in the dark and by day.
They eat a large number of foods, including legumes, shoots, leaves, cacti and grasses.
These deer are a very adaptable deer, and are also able to survive in a variety of of different habitats, which explains their range.
They also display a diverse appearance size-wise, in body and antler size.
The most striking thing about these deer though is their white flag of a tail, that they raise and flash in alarm to warn other deer.
White-tailed deer tail raised in alarm by Kabsik Park on Flikr.
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Poem © Liz Brownlee.
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I feel it too Liz x
They represent, to me, such gentle creatures
They are, generally – but the bucks when it is mating season are definitely not gentle – and a doe protecting her fawn can kick you to death if she feels threatened.
It’s the eyes that haunt you, and the soft-looking coat. Lovely poem, as always.
Nice poem. We have some slightly more common deer in the garden, and that’s definitely the feeling of them.
Thank you… They are so beautiful.