Front roe seats for Latvia's animal of the year

The Latvian National Museum of Natural History has chosen the roe deer as the animal of the year 2024, continuing the series of titles to be awarded.

Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is the smallest of cervids in Latvia and also the most common. 

“Roe are just seemingly ordinary and maybe even uninteresting animals. Many have been fortunate to observe them, both on the edge of the woods and in human settlements, in parks, and even in urban areas, but few will know that roe are very happy to live in such an environment. That doesn't mean they no longer have space in wildlife or feel threatened,” said Inta Lange, a representative of the natural history museum.

Roe is widespread throughout the territory of Latvia. They are settlers who inhabit a certain area and are not very sociable. One or two kids usually born in early June. Roe have a life expectancy of 7-12 years. Roe is a game animal and forms an essential feed base for predatory animals.

Unfortunately, in spring, roe kids are among the most frequently 'rescued', or unnecessarily removed from the wild by humans. 

Doe often leaves the kid alone. It sleeps motionless to avoid being spotted. Sensing the threat, the toddler doesn't jump up and run, but tries to be unnoticeable. So if you find a doe kid, don't approach or touch it, but leave as soon as possible, the Museum of Natural History said.

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