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Winter menu of roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 10.02.2017 - 11:42
Sisu
metskits võrseid söömas
The fur coat of dense tube-shaped hairs helps to withstand low temperatures. How winter conditions will be managed is mainly influenced by the thickness of the snow cover.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar

 Posted by the Animal of the Year team in Estonian 08.02.2017
 

This winter brings only pleasure for roe deer. Thick, layered snow does not prevent movements nor make it difficult to get at food.  Digging a sleeping place needs no hard work either. Unlike elks, roe deer must not sleep on snow, only on the ground. Otherwise health problems quickly arrive. Pneumonia or diarrhoea would very probably mean that the next spring will remain unseen.

Badger does not sleep

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 10.02.2017 - 11:20
Sisu
mäger talvel
Trail camera image from Valgamaa. Badgers are awake.
Photo Kalmer Lehepuu

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 05.02.2017

 


The Year of the Badger has ended but here is a recent trail camera image of badgers. The snow has come and gone, and come and gone again this year in Valgamaa. At most there was about 10 cm of it. At  present there is no snow and it seems as if the sleep of badgers has vanished with the snow. From January 23rd they have come out of the burrow every evening  at about 7 o’clock to go on their badgers’ business.

Kalmer Lehepuu

European and Siberian roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 08.02.2017 - 12:51
Sisu
metskits sametsarvedega
The population density of roe deer is highest in Central Europe: Germany, Austria, southern Sweden, reaching to  several hundred individuals per 1000 hectares. By comparison in Estonia the population density of roe deer is around some tens of individuals per  1000 hectares.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Animal of the Year team in Estonian 29.01.2017

All know the roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 18:27
Sisu
metskits
The ancient Estonians called the roe deer “kaber”, today this name has been forgotten and instead “kits”, goat, has been borrowed from German. But the roe deer, the metskits, "forest goat", is no goat but instead a small deer. The goat belongs to the Bovidae family being a relative of sheep and bovines, the roe deer is a deer like the red deer and the elk.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Animal of the Year team 02.01.2017

A week in the woods. Badger Year’s last.

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 03.01.2017 - 12:47
Avapilt
Sisu

Posted by the Animal of the Year Team 31.12.2016

At Soosaare there was plenty of activity in the last week of the year. Badgers as well as raccoon dogs were out. The badgers made longer trips in the forest near the sett as in the previous week. The raccoon dogs were bolder too and seemed to move quite at the heels of the hosts.

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