Animal Corner — Sika Deer

Sika deer are commonly known as the “Spotted Deer” and the “Japanese Deer.” They used to live all throughout East Asia, including Vietnam and Russia. Now it is common almost completely in Japan, giving it the nickname the “Japanese Deer.”

Unlike most deer, Sika do not lose their spots when they fully mature. Their spot patterns vary depending on the region of Japan they live in. Male Sika antlers grow upward and they have very few tines.

As you can tell, these deer may look similar to deer you see out in the woods in Missouri, but they are actually quite different. Have you had a chance to see one of these deer for yourself yet?  If you have not, be sure to bring your camera for some terrific selfies!