Learn about the life cycle of animals in the deer family
Deer are mammals that have learned to live in close proximity to humans. How are they like us and unlike us?
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A deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. Deer are widely distributed, and hunted, with representatives in all continents except Australia, Antarctica, and Africa.
The males, and in some species the females, have solid antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually. Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called venison.
Deer differ from other ruminants in that they have antlers instead of horns. Antlers are bony growths that develop each year (usually in summer) and, in general, it is only male deer that develop them (although there are exceptions).
The most widespread deer species is the White-tailed Deer. Deer can jump and run as fast as 36 MPH to help them evade predators.
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