Metskits Capreolus capreolus

Metskits ehk kaber.

Deer fawns and whistles

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 21.07.2017 - 11:17

The white and brown-dotted fur of the fawns turns out to be a splendid camouflage colouring. Often a fawn lying quietly in the grass remains completely unnoticed by people passing by. When the danger has passed the doe returns quietly and cautiously to the same place again. Already at a couple of months the dot pattern becomes duller and the fawns turn reddish-brown-coloured.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar


Posted by the Animal of the Year Team

(In Estonian 10.07.2017)

Coming across a roe deer fawn

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 11.06.2017 - 11:03

The roe deer doe may have a fawn hidden nearby.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Animal of the Year Team  09.06.2017

It is the time when on moving around in nature you may come across a spotted roe deer fawn lying on the ground. It is the great secret of the roe deer doe, and it is visited and fed a couple of times a day. Since the fawn has no smell, foxes, dogs and other predators cannot find it. Such a creature must not be caressed, lifted up or taken along. A human-smelling fawn will probably be abandoned. It is sensible to leave quietly the same way as you came.  Evidently the worried adult keeps an eye on us from a distance.

Vahur Sepp

Buck’s antlers ready

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 28.04.2017 - 23:32
sokul sarved valmisRoe bucks and one doe in mid-April 2017.The antlers of one buck is already bare. The furs are still winter-coloured and fit very well into the bare spring landscape.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Team of the Animal of the Year, 21.04.2017

The winter which fortunately was easy to bear for the roe deer has ended and the animals are in good condition. Springtime activities begin. The bucks need to put their recently ready antlers into working order and all roe deer regardless of sex must change the winter outfit to a summertime one.

All know the roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 18:27
The ancient Estonians called the roe deer “kaber”, today this name has been forgotten and instead “kits”, goat, has been borrowed from German. But the roe deer, the metskits, "forest goat", is no goat but instead a small deer. The goat belongs to the Bovidae family being a relative of sheep and bovines, the roe deer is a deer like the red deer and the elk.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Animal of the Year team 02.01.2017

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