Carnivorous Deer



Unusual behavior in a herbivore. Biologists think deer occasionally do this because they need the minerals in the birds' bones. The other birds in the video are mobbing the deer in a futile effort to protect their comrade. 

8 comments:

  1. I like to mention these cases to irritating vegetarians- as in, see? even animals adapted completely to vegetarianism crave some meat once in a while XD

    Poor bird tho...

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  2. Apparently sheep have also been known to do this, and D'Arcy just pointed me to a book about carnivorous horses.

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  3. Yes, both are true. Also, the yellow-backed duiker is probably the most carnivorous of all antelopes, it happily eats carrion and any small animal it can find.

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  4. Didn't know that. Sounds interesting.

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  5. I wonder if it was a fledgling and not an injured bird.

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  6. I can't tell from watching, but that would make a lot of sense.

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  7. Seeing this deer reminds me of a story one of my old-time naturalist friends used to tell me when he would get off on a rant about anthropomorphism. There used to be a fairly well-known private zoo, the Catskill Game Farm, which just closed down a few years back, a little south of our area in upstate NYS. Dean remembers going to it as a kid in the '60's. Apparently the petting zoo section--stocked with the usual exotic breeds of domestic goat, peafowl, miniature donkeys, sika and fallow deer--made the tactical error of adding roe deer to the collection.

    Big mistake. Roe deer apparently enter the rut some months earlier than fallow or sika, who were usually still in velvet during summer to early fall (I believe the zoo was only open till Columbus Day weekend when in season) and the bucks, in a randy and aggressive mood, would stalk up to people with heads lowered. You can see where this is going--people would assume the deer wanted to be scratched or petted, and of course when he felt pressure on his forehead around the antlers, he would shove back. An embarrassing number of people received various punctures, mostly in the hands and arms, none too serious, before the zoo figured out the problem and got rid of the roe deer.

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  8. That's pretty funny.

    In case you haven't seen it, here's another wrong-species of-deer story Dee and I did:
    http://deadlykingdom.blogspot.com/2011/11/weird-deer-beautiful-and-damned-part-2.html

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