Baby REEVES MUNTJAC DEER (Muntiacus reevesi) - ©nitram0864
- The Reeves’ Muntjac muntjac species found widely in southeastern China (Gansu to Yunnan) and in Taiwan.
- They have also been introduced in the Netherlands, south England, the Midlands, east Wales and more recently Ireland.
- It feeds on herbs, blossoms, succulent shoots, grasses and nuts, and was also reported to eat trees.
- It takes its name from John Reeves, who was appointed Assistant Inspector of Tea for the British East India Company in 1812.
- It is dog-like in appearance but has striped markings on its face.
- An unspecified species of muntjac was introduced to the grounds of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire in the nineteenth century by the then Duke of Bedford. While a small number are reported as escaping, it is extremely unlikely that they are the source of the current UK population. Larger numbers of muntjac escaped from Whipsnade Zoo, and they are the more likely ancestors, in addition to other releases.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeves%27s_muntjac
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(Source: cinnahearts, via theanimalblog)