Chinese Water Deer
Latin name: Hydropotes inermis
Other names: Asian water deer, Korean water deer
Size: Approximately 75 to 100cm long, 40 to 55cm high at shoulder
Distribution: Mainly found in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk with smaller colonies in other parts of southern England
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Around rivers, streams and marshy areas with plenty of shrubs and small trees. Sometimes on farmland.
Food: Grass and low growing vegetation. Sometimes browse the tops from root crops but do not damage trees.
Special features: Chinese water deer have a reddish-brown coat in summer and is more greyish in winter. The underparts are an off white colour all year. The legs are very slender, and the tail is short and stumpy. The ears are often described as being teddy bear like, being short and rounded.
Rutting usually takes place in
November and December when the tusks are used as weapons in fights between rival