Fallow Deer

Fallow deer are native to Britain, though they were introduced there and spread throughout Europe by the Romans, having originated in the Mediterranean.  Males sport quite impressive antlers.  Fallow deer are smaller than red deer and maintain a spotted coat throughout their life, even as adults.  In some individuals, spots are not very prominent and may even disappear in winter months.

Fallow deer have become popular as an "ornamental" species used as an object of sport and food, and as "pets" in America.  Their colors can range from traditional brown to black, red, and even all white.

Black Pine is home to three female fallow deer.  "Butterscotch" (at right) was the first to arrive.  She sports an all white coat, but is not an albino.  Arriving a few years later were "Cinnamon" and "Sugar" (left).  All these animals were kept as backyard pets.  Keeping deer as pets can prove costly and herd management can pose a challenge for the inexperienced hobbyist.

These herding animals enjoy being among others of their own kind, or other grazing animals, and need lots of room to explore, feed, and exercise.  Their diet includes foliage, nuts and berries.

InfoBox - Fallow Deer

Status:  Least concern.

Diet in wild:  Grasses, foliage, nuts, berries.

Life span in captivity:  12 to 15 years.

Weight:  75 to 200 pounds.