Today's Fact

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Roe Deer


Roe deer are native to Britain. Roe deer are common and widespread throughout Scotland and England, except for parts of Kent and the Midlands. They are spreading into Wales from England. While preferring woodland and forest, when populations are at high densities they may also occupy fields.

Roe deer are solitary, forming small groups in winter. They are active throughout the 24-hour period but make more use of open spaces during the hours of darkness in populations experiencing frequent disturbance. Peak times of activity are at dawn and dusk. Long periods are spent ‘lying up’ where the deer lies down to ruminate between feeding bouts.

When alarmed bucks and does give a short bark, which is often repeated. During the rut does make a high-pitched piping call to attract a buck who makes a rasping noise as he courts the doe.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dingo


The dingo is a type of feral dog native to Australia, though it also occurs in Southeast Asia. . The dingo is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia, and plays an important role as an apex predator. While dingoes are often a threat to livestock, their depredation on rabbits, kangaroos and rats can be a net benefit to pastoralists, and they are considered a cultural icon in Australia.

These golden or reddish-colored canids may live alone (especially young males) or in packs of up to ten animals. They roam great distances and communicate with wolf-like howls.

Dingo hunting is opportunistic. Animals hunt alone or in cooperative packs. They pursue small game such as rabbits, rodents, birds, and lizards. These dogs will eat fruits and plants as well. They also scavenge from humans, particularly in their Asian range.
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