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A Happy New Deer by Roger Cox
The Knole Deer Park, Sevenoaks, Kent
As the New Year begins, those of us who are still healthy and active naturally have expectations of better things to come. Fresh hopes in January often begin with boisterous enthusiasm carried on a wind of change in the belief that the next twelve months will be more fulfilling than the last.
It’s easy to compare our own bounding sense of optimism for a promising start with that of a frolicking fawn eager to explore the world as quickly as its young legs can carry it, but what we perceive as mere play in the early life of such an animal, is really a series of baby steps towards developing an ability every deer needs if it's to grow up quickly, or not grow up at all, and that's the ability to run!
The life of a young deer in the wild is precarious at best, and as if to turn a well-known maxim on its head, a fawn’s survival not only hinges on it being "of the fittest," but also, of the fortunate. Newborns must either stay hidden else run a gauntlet of dangers from bears, wolves and lynxes with perils further afield from traffic, poachers and hunters. Which is why I was delighted to capture this herd of young fallow deer in the sanctuary of The Knole taking to their hooves predator free! Whatever triggered their flight had one yearling above all keen to keep going. A promising start, for a happy new deer.