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Thursday, June 25, 2009


The other day I posted a photograph and an appeal for an identification for a small cervid which was donated to us from the collection of Lionel Beer's late father.

Robert Schneck wrote:

"Hi Jon, I don't know anything about deer, but the stuffed head reminds me of a mule deer.

Do you know its size?"

Well the scientific way of answering this would have been to take measurements of all its statistics, and post them to Robert, together with a sample of hair. However, we pride ourselves on our unorthodox modus operandi as far as problem solving is concerned. So here is a picture of my lovely step-daughter Olivia showing off her new dreadlocks and waving the afore-mentioned dead deer in the vague direction of the camera.

Science eh?


Retrieverman said...

I think it's an oribi.


Retrieverman said...

No, not an oribi.

I think it's a Steenbok: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/Raphicerus_campestris.jpg

Retrieverman said...

Another Steenbok photo:


Geordie-dave said...

I have no-eye-deer what it is. Arf,arf.

Retrieverman said...

Definitely a female steenbok: http://www.sanwild.org/Successpages/scarlet/Steenbok3.JPG