Say hello to our new red deer stag, "Albus"... or Albus Dumbledeer to give him his full name. (He's the one with the big red ear tag). Yes that's right, not content with just Dobby and Kreacher, I am trying to get as many Harry Potter related names around the Centre as I can.
It has been planned for a long time to introduce a new stag into our herd, the idea being that he can grow to lead the group and introduce some fresh genes into the mix when it comes to breeding. Afer Eric sadly passing away earlier this year, it made sense for it to be now. This gives Albus a chance to settle in well in advance of the rutting period.
Isn't he a handsome chap?.. Albus is only 2 years old, and has come from a local deer farm.
After unloading him this morning, he seems to have already settled in. When I nipped out this afternoon to get a couple of photos, he was mixing with the rest of the herd. The hinds seemed to love this new male presence about, and although the other males were pushing him about a bit, it was only the usual dominance which was not aggressive at all. Give him time, and he will soon become the Master Stag... a powerful position to have, especially at such a young age.
With great power comes great responsibility, but I am sure Albus will cope and excel that role.
Whilst on deer news, check out the photo above. We have had 2 red deer calves born here already! A little earlier than you would expect, but with the warm weather and a protective family I am sure they will grow and thrive.
Come and see Albus Dumbledeer this weekend.