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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. Geotagged,India,Rajasthan,Ranthambore National Park,Rusa unicolor,Sambar,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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.

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  1. Fascinating and great capture! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Desperation from the dry season? And look at those battle scars! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Do you think that those are scars or just shedding the winter coat? Posted 2 months ago
      1. They look like scars to me, also seeing some small pointy gaps in the skin, possibly from a predator attack. Just speculating though. Posted 2 months ago

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The sambar is a large deer native to the Indian Subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia. Although it primarily refers to ''R. unicolor'', the name "sambar" is also sometimes used to refer to the Philippine deer and the rusa deer . The name is also spelled ''sambur'', or ''sambhur''.

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Apr 11, 2019. Captured Mar 13, 2019 13:39 in Ranthambore Fort Rd, Ranthambhore Fort, Rajasthan 322001, India.
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
  • f/4.5
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 32.016mm