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Hello

Just wondering if any mammal experts out there would be able to identify the specific type of deer below, that I snapped on the shed in our back yard. First one we've ever seen here, bearing in mind West Bromwich is pretty urban!





I'm more of a bird expert than mammals and unfortunately an image search has not helped me...

Many thanks! Icon_cheesygrin

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Muntjak

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Wow. They've come a long way eh....

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"Reeves's Muntjac has been introduced to England, with wild deer originating from escapes from Woburn Park around 1925.[1] Muntjac have expanded very rapidly, and are now present in most English counties south of the M62 and have also expanded their range into Wales. The British Deer Society coordinated a survey of wild deer in the UK between 2005 and 2007 and reported that muntjac deer had noticeably expanded their range since the previous census in 2000.[2] It is anticipated that muntjac may soon become the most numerous species of deer in England and may have also crossed the border into Scotland with a couple of specimens appearing in Northern Ireland in 2009; they have been spotted in the republic of Ireland in 2010, almost certainly having reached there with some human assistance."

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntjac

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I saw two along the A47 when I was up in Norfolk recently and another last weekend when I went to Bentley Wood on the Wiltshire border.

I was recently reading about the spread into East Anglia and the Midlands of the White Admiral butterfly for which an important requirement is lots of honeysuckle which is a food plant of the caterpiller - apparently the Muntjac (a non-nativer species) is a potential threat because of their increasing spread and that they like to browse on honeysuckle Icon_sad

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You'd be surprised out how many family and friends advised me to call the RSPCA. I did try and explain that it is technically a wild animal and found it's way there of it's own accord. And seemed kind of happy where it was nibbling the shrubs!

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Reeve's muntjac. There are about 15 small pockets of them now around the country.

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