Check out this endearing red deer fawn playing in water, having the time of his life in the shallows of Lough Lein in Killarney National Park!
The video, taken by Karol Waszkiewicz, shows the antics of young deer in summer time in Ireland.
Red deer are the largest native mammal in Ireland, and Killarney National Park is home to Ireland’s only native herd of this species. The park contains the largest continuous area of natural forest in the country.
There are about 700 red deer living in the park. The population has steadily grown from around 100 in the 1970s, the result of a total ban on hunting in Killarney. Rangers occasionally cull numbers however, to ensure that deer do not cause damage to crops in adjacent farmland.
Fawns are born in June and July, during the Irish summer. Pregnant does tend to retreat to mountainous areas to give birth.