Chinese Water Deer

The Chinese Water deer has the most limited distribution and lowest overall population for UK deer. Chinese Water deer are found in the eastern counties of England including Bedfordshire, where they were first introduced to Woburn Abbey in the early 1900 like the Muntjac deer. There are some scattered populations in Wales and the Midlands. Typically, they are a wetland deer but here in the UK their behaviour and habitat preference is changing and they are adapting to take advantage of woodlands and cropland environments.

Chinese Water deer are a soft pastel sandy like colour which becomes slightly greyer in the winter months as they grow their winter coat. They are of a similar in size to the Muntjac deer and are about eighteen inches at the shoulder but their hind legs are longer than their front which gives them an almost kangaroo like profile.

The Chinese Water deer males have large tusks which they use for rutting and display but have no antlers. This combined with their large ears and teddy bear appearance in winter coat makes them a particularly curious looking deer.

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