/ Escaped reindeer in Lakes.
Mountain instructors, you could use this as a test for your students. Avoid as many roads as possible, obviously.
Any idea if this will affect Christmas present deliveries?
No, Father Christmas has been privatised and now uses FedEx and UPS
could it join up with Red deer or Roe deer. Most deer prefer to live in herds. Would it be accepted by other deer? Could it even find other deer? The nearest are Reds around Thirlmere.
No, I'm afraid poor Rudolph won't be allowed to join in any Roe Deer Games, but that might be victimisation because of the red nose.
They may even laugh and call him names
Given the proximity of Whinlatter to West Cumbria, I suspect our missing friend may already be in a freezer somewhere...
Plenty of deer round Whinlatter, Barf and Sale Fell.
At least I hope that's what all the beady eyes watching me in the darkness are..
He needs Scottish input here, they know more about reindeers than the English. Stop the Xmas jokes.
I had reindeer recently and it was very tasty. My friend had an amusingly awkward job of telling me what is was with his five year old daughter tucking in at the table too!
It's very good isn't it! Had it in Norway lots.
Pretty well every large wooded area in the Lakes has a large population of deer. About thirty years ago they had a cull in one near us (about 200 hectares) and brought out nearly 500 carcasses and they reckoned they'd got less than a third. There were still plenty of deer around afterwards.
Saw two deer together as I cycled through Grasmere yesterday . One did seem to be a lot bigger than the other.
Yeah - lovely. Like a very rich beef. mmmmm
I have no idea where they're hideing:-)
That is good to know, he won't have too far to go then until he finds other deer.
A mistake I made in my OP was putting two questions together.
1) How can the reindeer meet other deer?
2) Will other deer accept him?
One is a hill walk query and the other is an understanding deer query.
So does anyone know if the reindeer will be accepted by a herd of other deer?
All deer have excellent senses and all make calls. So I guess meeting other deer isn't going to be a particular problem. Most deer will also graze in fields during the night anyway so even if Rudolph avoids woods he/she will still come across other deer.
But will they accept him/her? The answer is "It all depends" .
Deer like most animals recognise their own species but many species including deer will mate with other species. It is not uncommon!! Red deer have crossed with Elk! Is some areas of the UK this happens quite often.
There is a pecking order of sorts in deer, similar to that of cattle. There's a boss and a rather muddled I(to us) pecking order similar to those of domestic cattle pecking. I'd guess from my experience working with cattle that if Rudolph fancied his his chance with another deer species he may find he gets pushed out -if he tries to join a herd and may have to persist a bit. That said, he'll have similar social graces so he'll probably know how to handle it and no doubt if he drops by at the right time he';ll be accepted with no trouble. Especially if Rudolph turns out to be female and is around at rutting time!!
"As hill folk, can anyone work out a fell top route for it to join other deer?" That's how.
Did the Condems sell him off as cheaply as they did Royal Mail?
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