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W is for White-Tailed Deer

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White-tailed deer by Rick Cameron on Flikr.

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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.

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White-tailed deer tail raised in alarm by Kabsik Park on Flikr.

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Photos © as above.

Poem © Liz Brownlee.

Facts: Wikipedia.

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7 Comments

  1. I feel it too Liz x

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  2. They represent, to me, such gentle creatures

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    • 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.

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  3. Liz

    It’s the eyes that haunt you, and the soft-looking coat. Lovely poem, as always.

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  4. Nice poem. We have some slightly more common deer in the garden, and that’s definitely the feeling of them.

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