Stag on the run
A male (stag) deer running across a field.
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.