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november 2017

Dear deer, and dear Neighbour; don't die!

Say "hello" to my neighbour! One of the fourlegged. I have twelve of theese, two ordinary deer, a moose with a calf, foxes, owls and a woodpecker. Nice, peacefull individuals.
Inge is my only twolegged neighbour. Peacefull and nice he also!

Typical Norwegian fauna, is BIG and round animals. Short legs and tails, short snouts and ears. A shape like a ball, a big ball, ist much better for surviving winter conditions in Norway.

A roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a longlegget, thin, rather small mammal. The smallest in this family.
(Photo: Terje Rian 2017)

 And beleive me; they struggle! Lots and lots of theese small creatures die every winter. Nature is merciless. Beautyfull, but brutal....

Food! MORE food!

Eating, eating and eating...

The three most important things to do for a muskox during our relatively short summer in Norway. Their food consists of leaves, grass, mushrooms. Stuff like that.

So what do they eat in the winter? The grass, or what's left of it, is covered With snow. The trees have lost their dry leaves. No mushrooms off course. So they eat...nothing. Or close to nothing. A muskox can loose up to 40 % of its bodyweight during a winter.

(Photo: Terje Rian -17)

If it had been me, I would have been around 35 kilos in april...
During the summer they eat...and eat...and eat! Untill they have gained 15 cm fat under their skin! Their food supplies for the winter....
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