Roe deer fawns

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Roe deer fact of the month: April

 

The roe deer twins shown in the photograph above have been together for approaching a year now, however, they will probably not stay together for much longer. More than likely, the brother and sister pair will go their separate ways very soon. The split normally starts when the roebuck’s velvet surrounding his antlers starts to peel away.

 

From that point on, he will exhibit increasingly frequent dominating behaviour, and will become solitary, and consequently, she will, too. Female roe deer twins do not necessarily split-up at the same time.     

To learn more about what happens when a roe deer leaves its mother and/or brother or sister, click here.