Friday, March 14, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS AND SATURDAY'S CRITTERS


These sweet looking deer are the endangered Key Deer.  They can be found in Pine Key, in the Florida Keys, and are tiny compared to the White-tailed Deer.  


At first you feel like you are looking at a youngster.  However, an adult's shoulder height is only between 24 to 32 inches. A doe can weigh 45 to 65 lbs. and a buck 55 to 80 lbs.  At birth fawns only weigh between 2 to 4 lbs.


The wire fencing shown is surrounding someone's yard.  This little one was on the edge of the road.  


We were in a quiet neighborhood with not a lot of heavy traffic, the roads were narrow and the only cars we came across drove very slowly. 


The miniature Key Deer are a subspecies of the White-tailed Deer.  No one really knows the origins of the deer in the keys but it is believed that they migrated  here from the mainland thousands of years ago, across a long land bridge.  


As the Wisconsin Glacier melted, the sea rose dividing the land bridge into small islands, now known as the Florida Keys.


The earliest known written reference to Key Deer comes from the writings of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, a Spanish sailor shipwrecked in the Florida Keys and captured by Native Americans in the 1550's.  If you want to find out more about him click on this link.  He had an interesting life.  This is another reason I love blogging, on researching a post I learn so much more.



And if you want to learn more about the Key Deer, you can click here.


I am joining Misty's Camera Critters and Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  Thank you for hosting ladies.

24 comments:

Sandra said...

these are amazing. 2 and 4 i just plain LOVE.... also the last one. i like learning from research also. and there is rarely a day i don't learn something new in blogville

TexWisGirl said...

really cute!

orvokki said...

So cute. Nro 4 is extra sweet.

Elephant's Child said...

Such cuties - and sad to hear of yet another endangered species. We seem to be one of the few that isn't.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Well I've learned something new today- thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

Wonderful photos! I love the fourth one .. this look of the deer! :) Thanks for the info too!

Carole M. said...

lovely to see up close like you did Denise (thanks too for your sweet compliment)

genie said...

That little one is sososo dear. I cannot believe I lived in Palm Beach County for years and never heard of Key deer. Loved your series. The one babe staring you in the eyes is great.

William Kendall said...

Lovely shots!

I've seen pics of them before... I'm so used to the size of whitetailed deer that these come across so tiny!

Jen said...

Wonderful photos. I drove the highway from Miami to Key West once. I slowed down and kept an eye out, but didn't see any.

Brian King said...

Nice shots! I've never seen one, but I know they're quite small.

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! Beautiful creatures !

Adam said...

adorable baby deer

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Densie,

The deer are so beautiful and how lovely that you have captured all the wonderful photos.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Indrani said...

The adorable look they have. Great pics.

lina@happy family said...

Wonderful deer. Admire your shots, Denise. Thanks for the info.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm so glad you found them! They were one of the highlights of our trip to the Keys last season.

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're beautiful animals! I love those eyes.

eileeninmd said...

Great post on the Key Deers! They are so cute and have the prettiest eyes. Lovely photos. Thank you for linking up with Saturday's Critters.. Have a happy weekend!

Willow said...

Loved this !

SeagullSuzie said...

I love seeing deer and these are beautiful little creatures.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

These key deer seem quite used to the traffic and it made me wonder if people in neighborhoods feed them. And, I also agree that blog posting is very iften a learning experience for me as well and hopefully for readers as well.

Susan said...

Thank you Denise, that was so lovely to read about these lovely little creatures. Such sweet faces and those eyes! :D)

Karen said...

They are so sweet. Lovely shots!