I (assure you) I am not being controversial for the sake of it but would be interested to know on what you base your statement i.e. incidence of adoption over and above quads.That is more than likely.
Triplets are not uncommon but quads might be pushing it a bit as they would be quite small at birth and may not survive a hard winter.
It is more probably that the 'spare set' lost their mother and 'adopted' the other Deer and it's twin.
Roe can have quads but are not as common as twins.I (assure you) I am not being controversial for the sake of it but would be interested to know on what you base your statement i.e. incidence of adoption over and above quads. Thanks
OK, thanks - but for balance of argument I have seen does kick out at other does' kids on more than one occasion. We all know what one needs to do to to get a ewe to accept another ewes' lamb.Roe can have quads but are not as common as twins.
When more than twins are seen together it is usually because the mother was shot early in the Doe season or involved in a traffic accident, poachers etc.
I have observed such activity over the last fifty+ years on more than one occassion, I have even seen a separated kid approach my dog or myself until it got so close to realise it wasn't what it was looking for. Had I been another Doe the kid would probably have followed on and added to the family.