The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The red deer inhabits most of Europe and parts of western Asia and Northern Africa.
Here some curiosity pills about the red deer:
• The red deer is the only deer species in Africa
• As deer eyes are on the side of their head, they have 310 degrees’ vision! They also have very good night vision
• Each year, deer’s antlers fall off and regrow. As antlers regrow, they are covered in a furry coat called velvet. The velvet is rich in nerves and blood vessels, allowing the antlers to regrow very quickly
• Deer can jump up to 10ft high and are very good swimmers!
• When red deer born, they have white spots which disappear as they mature. The spots help fawns to blend into their background, acting as camouflage
• Fawns do not have a smell, helping them avoid predators
• Deer are color blind to neon orange, which is why hunters sometimes wear orange jackets
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