Chinese Water Deer – Hydropotes inermis
Water deer seem to prefer wetlands adjoining woodland and fen, though they often range onto nearby farmland. They are most evident in the Norfolk Broads and in the coastal wetlands. A feral, uncontained, population in the grounds of Whipsnade inhabits parkland and dry woodland, with no wetland available.
The rut is in December, when males fight viciously with their tusks; most bear scars. The female often has twins, sometimes up to 4 kids, after a gestation of 160- 210 days. Kids are born in May-June, and although they are weaned in about 3 months, remain with their mother into winter. They then disperse, but mortality at this time is high, and although they become sexually mature, young seem to have difficulty maintaining a territory.