@twycrosszoo welcomes Michie's tufted deer!
Today Twycross Zoo announced the birth of male Michie's tufted deer on the 13th july 2017. The newest addition to the zoo is the first offspring to parents 'Fatima' and 'Mitch', and is a welcomed addition highlighting the success of the zoos breeding programs.
This small deer is a subspecies of the Tufted deer, native to a small area of south-eastern China. The Michie's tufted deer is usually a solitary species and most active during dawn and dusk, often making them a a difficult spot in the wild. The subspecies is categorised as 'Near Threatened' on the IUCN Red List, due to over-hunting in parts of Asia.
Yianna Cooling, Large Mammals Team leader says, “We are delighted to welcome another healthy baby at Twycross Zoo. The little fawn is faring very well and is keen to explore his home.hile the fawn looks very cute now, within a year or two we will see him grow prominent, tusk-like, canines in the upper jaw, which mature males use for fighting during the mating season or during territorial disputes.” Visitors to the zoo can see the fawn exploring his new surroundings, while his parents attentively supervise him.
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