Fallow Stag next to oaks
Photo taken of a fallow stag coming out of the forest. Some of the trees date back to the 18th century, this stag is not small so you can see the trees are huge.
The fallow deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae.
Adult male fallow deer are generally 84 – 94 cm at the shoulder and weigh 46 – 94kg.
Females (does) are 73 – 91cm at the shoulder and weigh 35 – 56kg. This places them in size between roe and red deer.
Stags maintain a traditional, defended rutting stand to attract sufficient does to herd them into a harem. During the rut bucks groan tremendously and does with fawns give a short bark when alarmed.
After mating, adult does give birth to a single fawn in June or July after a gestation of 229 days. Stags generally live for 8 – 10 years although they can live as long as 16 years.