Sika deer (Fia Seapanach) --:
The mating period or rut takes place usually in September, when the stags who normally live on their own, come looking for a girl friend or girl friends to have a family with. He goes around the place making a loud whistle or scream. This whistle, which is not unlike a human scream, is usually given in quick succession. Other stags in the area, when they hear this whistle, usually come to see what is going on, hoping to find some hinds for themselves. When two stags meet there is usually a big fight and they lock their antlers together. The stag that is the strongest wins and the loser has to ramble off and find another girlfriend for himself, somewhere else. Sometimes they hurt each other very badly.
young calf is born in May or June. They can usually run around the place a
few hours after been born. They are shaky on their feet for a few days.
They eat mainly grass, brambles, tree bark or what ever they can find in
the forest. They usually feed at dawn or dusk and as a result are not
often seen during the day. They are crossbred with the other deer in
most other deer, they can cause much damage to young trees, because of
this their numbers have to be controlled. Hunters are allowed into forests
to hunt at certain times of the year. The hunters have to get a special
licence to do this. The meat of the deer is called venison. They sell it
in the local supermarket. I have never eaten it. My mother says I
wouldn’t like it. I prefer burgers and chips.