I was very lucky this morning. After taking my spaniel sika, for a walk with my partner and 2 children, we decided to drive past a local deer park. We stopped the car and was watching a herd of 150 red and sika. There were also some fallow deer further away in the park.
The owner of the estate spotted my family and I and drove over to us in his Polaris electric 4x4. He asked us if we would like to come and hand feed the deer. We all jumped at the chance, 5 minutes later we were all in the vehicle.
We were all in the herd of mainly red and sika, the fallow were a bit more cautious and kept their distance. My 6 year old twin daughters absolutely loved being so close to the deer.
Whilst talking to the owner about the deer, where he got his stock from etc. He mentioned that he had a sika hind give birth to what he believes a sika x roe hybrid? I questioned him as I have never heard of this before. He was adamant that it happened, he allowed the calf to grow for 6 months and then culled it? The roe are resident to this area and some live within the confines of the deer park.
I am unsure that this could physically happen as
I wonder what you guys will make of this?
- The roe and sika rut are at different times of year?
- The sika or red stags would not tolerate this happening?
- As both of these deer are from a different family, could this genetically be possible?