National Geographic : 1939 Oct
© National Geographic Society Painting by Walter A. Weber IN SHADY ENGLISH PARKS, DEER LEAD A HALF-DOMESTICATED LIFE One of the commonest is the Fallow Deer (animals to left of tree). Originating in Mediterranean countries, itwas probably first introduced tothe British Isles by the Romans. The spotted stag, with handsome palmated antlers, and doe (left foreground) show the normal summer coat. Other color phases occur; for example, the dark form (extreme left) and the white (center background). At the right,aRoe Deer pauses with two does. Roe stags pursue the females in circles, wearing "roe rings" in the ground. The European race of this species ranges over central and southern Europe.