About Père David's Deer

Père David's Deer are semiaquatic animals and are good swimmers. They tend to spend long periods of time standing in water up to their shoulders, which is why they supplement their diet with aquatic plants. Historically, the main predators threatening Père David's Deer are tigers and leopards, though they don't encounter these predators while in captivity.

Height 3.9 feet (at the shoulder)
Weight 300-440 pounds
Diet Grasses, aquatic plants
Gestation Period 9-10 months
Life Span Up to 18 years
Threats Hunting

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