Manchurian Sika Deer
It’s name comes from “shika” the Japanese word for deer.
A spotted deer which are more prominent in the summer coat. It’s pelage can range from nearly white to black.
Sika stag have stout upright antlers and the females have 2 distinctive black bumps on the forehead.
Our native red deer can mate with sika deer which is a serious conservation concern.
In the 1900’s, King Edward VII gifted the Baron Montagu of Beaulieu a pair of Sika deer. It is some of their progeny that escaped and now populate the New Forest.
Our 2 female Sika have integrated into fallow herd. They are a larger animal and have much larger ears than fallow deer. Our two are very protective of the fallow fawns born each year.