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Grummash

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Icon 10 posted August 28, 2008 01:56      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Me and Mrs Grummash went for a drive out to a wildlife park yesterday, and took lots of blurred photos of animals that don't belong in the UK.

I'm quite pleased with this shot, even though it is not technically perfect, so I thought I'd post it for you all to see:


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Nice picture, though I would have thought stags belonged in the UK. Or, are they French deer? [Razz]

Did you happen to notice that they seem a bit on the bloody end? Was there a fight?

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Icon 1 posted August 28, 2008 09:18      Profile for snupy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OOH! Grummash, please tell me where this park is?

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Icon 1 posted August 28, 2008 10:50      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by tweety:
Nice picture, though I would have thought stags belonged in the UK. Or, are they French deer? [Razz]

Did you happen to notice that they seem a bit on the bloody end? Was there a fight?

Deer and moose and animals like that have a velvety layer of skin when the antlers first come in. Then later on, they begin shedding it off. They'll sometimes even eat it when they're hungry. It has lots of protein. I learn all that from watching Animal Planet. And they say watching TV isn't good for your brain. [Razz]
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Icon 1 posted August 28, 2008 12:26      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah, did not know that. And, as I have no TV ( [Eek!] ) I can't watch Animal Planet. Unless it's streaming via the Web, but then again, I don't watch much programming via the Web.

But, I read! And write. And do a little arithmetic. Well, not really on that last one.

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Icon 1 posted August 28, 2008 13:15      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
snupy - the place is Knowsley Safari Park, near Liverpool (M62 then M57). Mrs Grummash insisted we drive through the baboon enclosure, which was extremely entertaining but we did lose a windsreen-wiper blade before I could shake one of the buggers off!

tweety - It's like GMx said. So, to answer your question, I don't think they have been fighting as it is much too late in the season. But the shedding velvet attracts flies because of the blood so it is common for deer to rub the antlers against trees or other antlers to speed the shedding process up.

Oh, and the deer in the picture are Fallow Deer, which are native to mainland Europe and have been in the UK since at least the first century AD.

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Thanks, Grummash- it looks really cool. I'm putting that on my list of places to visit in the UK.

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snupy - as the park is near Liverpool, the landscape is not very dramatic, but there aren't too many places in the UK where you can drive within a few feet of critters like this.......


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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
snupy - as the park is near Liverpool, the landscape is not very dramatic, but there aren't too many places in the UK where you can drive within a few feet of critters like this......

There's not too many places in the world where you'd want to drive that close to those critters. [Eek!]
Please tell me there's a big strong fence (or better yet, a moat) which you cleverly kept out-of-shot.

btw - did they have any of these?

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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2008 17:21      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TFD - the section of the site labelled "The Safari Drive" is weird. Most of the animal population in this area are Impala, then Fallow Deer, then a mix of cattle-type beasts such as Wildebeest, Bison, and some very odd monster longhorn cows that I have yet to identify.

However...your question was regarding the Rhino-sosserousses....and no... there is no fence and no moat. The idea is that you drive on the tarmac and they graze on the grass and everyone is happy. I took those photos from 10 feet away.....

The Hyenas are fenced in...and the tigers are fenced in, and the elephants are in a special enclosure, but you get to drive amongst the lions!

There were plenty of big scary birds, most of them were Emu, I think, but there were Ostrich as well. These also were not fenced off from the humans in cars. I'll post further photos when I am back on my main computer.

SECOND EDIT- actually,...the Rhinos???... on further consideration they were probably more like 10 yards away, but you will understand why it felt like less with no fence between us!!!!

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