Reach for the Top - Sambar Deer on two Legs
We saw this Sambar Deer standing and very occasionally getting up on 2 legs to nibble on the higher branches. After several unsuccessful attempts to capture this behaviour, I finally managed a shot. I had never seen this large deer do this before.
The sambar is a large deer native to the Indian subcontinent, South China, and Southeast Asia that is listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List since 2008. Populations have declined substantially due to severe hunting, insurgency, and industrial exploitation of habitat.
The name "sambar" is also sometimes used to refer to the Philippine deer, called the "Philippine sambar" and the Javan rusa, called the "Sunda sambar".