Picture: Elina’s private archive
Within the Belogradchik area the village of Stakevtsi have a farm with a wide range of animals – from cats, canines, every kind of birds, rabbits, goats, rams, donkeys, horses, cows, as much as 4 deer and a couple of roe deer. They handle them Elina Todorova and her household. Deer are essentially the most uncommon pets they’ve on the farm and that one can have typically. Zorka, Gerka and the roe deer Simo have names, whereas the others will not be named.
“To start with we baptized them, however at one level we received plenty of names to recollect, as a result of we maintain plenty of animals on our farm and at one level we stopped baptizing them,” stated Elina.
Deer are fairly cowardly creatures and infrequently fall prey to predators within the wild. For that reason, a lot of their life is spent hiding within the woods and guarding towards them.
“I do not know if we are able to say that they do not reside very peacefully, however we do not have such threats. They’re pretty and delicate creatures, and though they’re wild animals, when they’re raised by people, they’re very connected to them, “says Elina and provides: “We’re accepted as mother and father, maybe, however they know that they obtain care and meals from us. They’re fairly attentive and afraid of strangers, however they’re nonetheless very curious. When a stranger comes, they at all times come to smell him. On this means, animals bear in mind and acknowledge individuals by their scent. However after they sense that he’s a stranger, they instantly run away. “
The meals they’re given is different – wheat, corn, hay, every kind of vegatables and fruits, and their favorites are apples, particularly when given by hand. They love bread and likewise eat walnuts. In spring and summer time they love contemporary greenery. Their favourite is acacia.
“We feed them nicely and the result’s constructive. We take twigs from them each day, I do know that it is vitally vital for his or her digestion to eat tougher issues, that is why they particularly like twigs – it is good for his or her abdomen … Two of the females at the moment are pregnant and in a few month we expect to provide beginning, we expect infants. They normally give beginning in late Might, early June, “says Elina.
Within the wild, deer normally give beginning to at least one child, particularly after they grow to be moms for the primary time. Nonetheless, one of many deer gave beginning to 2 final yr, which is an indication that she is being raised nicely and dwelling in peaceable circumstances.
Deer and roe deer reside in full concord with the opposite animals on the farm.
“Generally it’s a very good sight to see deer, all birds, rabbits and cats consuming in a single place they usually have completely no drawback in speaking with one another … I’ve an attention-grabbing story. The primary doe – Zorka, when she was youthful, on the similar time we gave beginning to little kittens and she or he turned greatest buddies with one of many kittens. They have been always collectively, the kitten slept on her and she or he licked him, to wash him, to get pleasure from him. And it’s extremely attention-grabbing how animals clearly even have preferences and may make buddies, even a wild animal like a deer may be closest to a cat, “says Elina.
“Everybody usually makes errors, particularly youngsters, that the male deer is a deer. No, the male deer is a deer, whereas the deer is a deer. Deer and roe deer are smaller than deer and roe deer. There are another variations, however that is vital to know. Along with being smaller than deer, roe deer even have a lot smaller horns. Roe deer change their horns yearly – they fall in late autumn and new ones develop in spring. To start with they’re lined with moss. We maintain a couple of horns from our roe deer discovered on the farm. “says Elina.
Along with maintaining many animals on the farm, Elina’s household lives exterior the village, subsequent to the forest, so the farm is situated in a really wild place.
“It’s totally attention-grabbing how different deer and roe deer that reside within the forest come to speak with ours. We now have seen them and we hear them fairly often, particularly the males. When the breeding season comes, there’s at all times a male on the farm and we all know him by the sound he makes. Earlier than we began elevating them, I did not know the sound of the roe deer. He’s very attention-grabbing and particular, I can examine him to the barking of a canine, perhaps “, shares Elina.
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