Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 300mm, 1/2000 sec, F/6.3, ISO-1600
Location: Nature Park Lelystad, Netherlands, Europe
As Is on July 7/2013
Père David’s deer (Elaphurus davidianus), also known as the milu or elaphure, is a species of deer that is currently extinct in the wild, all known specimens are found only in captivity. This semiaquatic animal prefers marshland, and is native to the subtropics of China. It grazes mainly on grass and aquatic plants. It is the only extant member of the genus Elaphurus.
The branched antlers are unique in that the long tines point backward, while the main beam extends almost directly upward. There may be two pairs per year. The summer antlers are the larger set, and are dropped in November, after the summer rut. The second set—if they appear—are fully grown by January, and fall off a few weeks later.