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  •  Good diary! (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks, I enjoyed it, TF. I have a question about deer; maybe you can help. You mentioned the doe's feet. How on earth do their feet not freeze? I'm a semi-tropical person and the few times I've experienced that kind of cold, my feet were in pain from the cold. How do the animals like deer, who do not burrow and hibernate, not get frostbite, at least in their feet? (Don't you dare laugh!)

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    by BlueMississippi on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:33:19 PM PST

    •  Reasonable question. (6+ / 0-)

      First-if you think a deer's feet get cold, what about a bird?
      They aren't really feet or toes, they're hooves. Hooves are made of a material similar to your fingernails. Very limited blood supply, few nerve endings, very very hard.

      Also, deer are ruminates, like a cow or horse. That means that they eat grasses, and the fermentation that occurs in their multiple 'bellies' creates heat. That heat along with their fur goes a long way in keeping them warm. Lastly, their 'toes' are small, so the surface area touching snow is small.

      I'm sure there are other reasons I don't know. I'm just a dude living in the sticks, not a scientist or Vet. :)

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      by Thinking Fella on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 05:01:25 PM PST

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