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|Hog Deer: This diminutive deer gets its name from the hog-like way that it rushes head-down through the undergrowth like a wild boar. There are over 60 animals that make their home at Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks.|
HABITAT: The hog deer is found from Pakistan across northern India to Southeast Asia. Found in and around moist grassland habitats such as marshes and swamps, they are still fairly common in some parts of their range.
CHARACTERISTICS: A short-legged, solidly built animal, a mature hog deer is about 70cm high and weighs around 50kg. Unremarkable in appearance, their thick brown coat blends in with the tall grasses in which it lives.
BIOLOGY: Where they are undisturbed, hog deer are often active by day, elsewhere they are mainly nocturnal. The hog deer is mostly solitary, but females often form close relationships with their juvenile offspring. Often aggressive, males will become more fiercely territorial at low population densities. During the mating season or ‘rut’, males compete vigorously for individual females. A single fawn is born after a 7 month gestation period.
CONSERVATION STATUS: A once common species that is now classified as Endangered, hog deer populations have been declining sharply in recent decades. The hog deer is now fully protected from hunting across its range and a number of conservation programs are in place.
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WOW ! what a cute and lovely this baby Hog Deer,
with fine POV on it and the best moment while
he has a glance on something, TFS
A very tender moment Subhash. This must be a feeding period if the time is right at 9:29 a.m.. I'm glad you were able to get a shot of them in this growth. Wonderful to see. TFS Trevor
There's are so many species in your country unknown to me.the hog deer is one of them, and I add your work to my theme "Juveniles".
Interesting notes. Thanks for sharing