By John Fletcher

The Celts referred to as them "fairy cattle" and the Greeks linked them with the hunter goddess Artemis, yet for many buyers, deer are noticeable as lovable, like Bambi, or noble, just like the Monarch of the Glen. they could be a hazard whilst we're using at evening, or they could easily be a delectable venison burger. yet whereas we won't frequently devour humble pie—an genuine pie full of deer organs—deer nonetheless seem in faith and mythology, on coats of palms, in nice paintings, and in literature starting from The Yearling to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. In Deer, veterinarian and deer farmer John Fletcher brings jointly the cultural and common background of those dignified animals.

Fletcher strains the evolution of deer, explaining why deer develop and forged apart their antlers every year and describing their symbolism in a variety of cultures all through heritage. He divulges the genuine tale of Rudolph and Santa's different reindeer and explores the function deer have performed as prized gadgets of the quest in Europe, Asia, and the USA. Wide-ranging and richly illustrated, Deer presents a clean standpoint in this sleek, strong animal that might entice hunters and gatherers alike.

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The adults were experienced at handling this potentially dangerous food, but the younger calves could neither break off the branches nor manipulate the thorns so that they would not pierce their tongues, gums, and insides of their mouths. They stood near their mothers and picked up the smallest twigs and bits of bark. After browsing on the acacias for nearly an hour, the elephants walked on west through the strip of trees to an area of the swamp where it runs like a river through steep banks, bordered by Cynodon dactylon grass.

I hoped that a study of undisturbed elephants would provide base-line data that might eventually help in the conservation of all elephants. When Harvey and I started the part-time study in 1972, I did DROUGHT not realize that within a few years I was going to witness some of the most severe environmental pressures that many of the Amboseli elephants would probably undergo in their lifetimes. Rainfall in the first three years of the study was average to lower than average, but at the same time Maasai cattle had increased considerably, so there was a very high biomass of animals competing for the rapidly diminishing resources.

They separated, backed up, and this time ran at each other and met with the rich chunking sound of ivory against ivory. Finally one broke away and turned and ran with the other following. The first one whirled around, lifted his head, and spread his ears and his pursuer stopped short, watched the other for a moment, then picked up a stick in his trunk and threw it in the air. The other young male lowered his head and approached and the sparring began again. Several pairs of young males sparred in this way, while the younger calves imitated them, chased one another, climbed on each other, or simply ran around for no apparent reason.

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