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White-tailed deer

Odocoileus virginianus


This magnificent buck is the biggest guy in our neighborhood; the young does run when they see him and the older does are not too enthusiastic about him either. His musk smell is very strong so everyone knows when he is coming. When he came into the yard to eat some bird seed spread on the ground for the ground-feeding birds, two other deer were not happy - a mature doe and a first-year button buck, who is a dwarf. So I went out to tell him to leave the yard and he went next door, leaving the other two feeling more relaxed and they engaged in mutual grooming. Big guy came back later.


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Maria dB
Maria dB a month ago

Thanks for looking that up, Machi!

Machi 2 months ago

I looked it up and its not that uncommon. A quick search pulled up several results of piebald deer with just white spots near the feet, some even with affected hooves.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 months ago

That had not occurred to me, Machi. There is a group of 4 other deer - does and a couple button bucks - who also have those white feet. So he was likely the sire.

Machi 2 months ago

After coming across this again I got very curious about those feet... I think it is piebald actually.

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 months ago

Thanks for your comments - I do feel privileged to be able to see animals like him in my yard!

SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Lucky you, to have such magnificent animals in your yard.

Machi 3 months ago

Wow! Impressive antlers. I have never seen one with the white feet like that either!

Brian38 3 months ago

Awesome pic Maria! I wander what he is yelling back at you?

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.06

Spotted on Nov 14, 2017
Submitted on Dec 2, 2017

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