Scientific name: Capreolus capreolus
Other common names: Western Roe Deer; Chevreuil; Roe Deer
The European Roe Deer is a wild deer which is common throughout western Europe - from the United Kingdom in the west to the Caucasus mountains in Russia in the east. It is found in woodlands and grasslands, and lives in small groups which typically comprise one male and 2-3 females and fawns.
The deer the hunter brought home
When my grandfather, a renowned hunter in my area, brought home a baby Roe Deer we were all very happy. However, we haven't thought how well she would fit in our family, how she would impact our lives and ultimately, all the things we would discover about this wonderful elegant creature.
Being an orphan, we had to take care of her since day one. We fed her from the bottle and she soon got used to us. Growing up, she got very attached to my brother, who was very young at the time. Deer can be very protective of their babies, something which I saw with my own eyes. Since the moment our Roe deer took my brother under her wing, no stranger could come near him. When they get angry, deer, although they might not seem like it, can be very aggressive and dangerous. In my experience, our deer attacked several other children who were in my yard because they wanted to touch my brother. While the intentions were not to hurt the strangers, but to scare them away, we did get to witness a deer defending its baby.
One of the most important things that you must look after when owning a deer is ways it can get hurt. You especially have to look after fences, because they can easily get hurt in them and eventually, die from the wounds. My deer has had this faith, when she wanted to follow my grandfather in the garden and she tried to jump the fence, but ended up causing internal bleeding and eventually, death surveyed.
All in all, Roe deer can be very good pets and very unique creatures to have as companions at the same time, but you must remember that they can be easily hurt, especially when trying to jump over fences..
From Lillith Apr 4 2014 4:00PM