A Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) chows down on a rabbit carcass.
Although primarily herbivorous deer will also meat, particularly in times of hardship such as winter when the natural food is harder to come by.
Piebald Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
(by Lionel Lengy)
I love that one white antler.
Lesser Kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis)
Mule deer antlers have a base beam that splits into two, with tines branching off those two beams.
Green= base beam
Blue&Yellow= branching beams
Purple= Brow tines (much smaller in mule deer/blacktail deer and sometimes not even present)
In whitetail antlers there is one main beam which never branches, and all tines originate from this main beam only
Note: This applies to typical racks only, atypical whitetails can have tines branching from tines, but never grow another beam like mule deer. It is also much harder to differentiate animals from antlers alone when they are in their early velvet stages or on young animals, I recommend looking at the metatarsal glands (whitetails have small white ones just above their dew claws and mule deer’s are larger and dark brown and higher up on the leg), size of the ears, tail shape and presence of a forehead patch to identify the species.
Pancake virtuoso Nathan Shields (previously featured here) just whipped up this awesome batch of pancakes depicting each one of Santa’s legendary flying reindeer, including Rudolph and his luminous red nose.
Creating reindeer with pancake batter is no mean feat. They’re even displayed in the order in which Santa Claus calls out their names in “The Night Before Christmas.” We’re going to guess they were happily eaten in that order as well.