On A Misty Morning In December


#REE : The deer has a sand-yellow to reddish-brown summer coat, in winter it is more #grijsbruin to black in color. Adult animals don't have stains. Clearly visible is the white to yellowish hull spot. In males, this spot is quite unclear in the summer. The nose is black and the chin is white. The tail is quite small (two to four centimeters long) and only visible during defecation. In winter, the female, the reegeit, has a bunch of white hairs between the hind legs to the back, the apron. This may look like a tail, but it's not.

The adult male, the #reebok , has a simple antler, consisting of usually two to three points (enden). Reebokken with four to five points are exceptions. The antlers are usually about 25 centimeters long. Every year between October and January a new antler grows and therefore the old antlers fall off. The antlers grow under a bash skin that, when the antlers are fully grown between March and June, becomes loose and sanded. A few times also occur regeiten with antlers.

When the antlers do not yet show any branches, the reebok or antler is called a spider. A forkaff has one branch; this is common at an age of around two years. The number of branches is not an indication of age: even a one-year reebok, yearling, can already have a gaffeli antlers or an antler with six points. This depends on the condition in which the reebok is. If it is very bad, only a small spider grows. Such a roe is also called knopbok. Older reebokken usually have an antlers with two times three points, a sixth. At a later age, a reebok can get a branchless antler again.

The roe has a head-torso length of 95 to 140 centimeters, a body weight of 16 to 35 kilograms and a height of withers between 60 and 90 centimeters.