Francis Duggan

The Red Deer Of Halls Gap - Poem by Francis Duggan

Around Halls Gap in Gariwerd with roo mobs them you see
The introduced red deer there living wild and free
Not as plentiful as grey kangaroos and yet by no means rare
Of danger posed by man and dog they seem all too aware
Of human kind the red deer than kangaroo more shy
They feel wary and fretful when humans to them are nearby
They let you get so near to them till overcome by fear
They race off to the nearby trees where from sight they disappear,
The red deer of Halls Gap in Spring do multiply
But the young like their parents of humans are quite shy
Introduced from Britain many decades ago
The young fawns within a year into juveniles grow
The alpha males have massive antlers which they use for to fight
And the winning stag forms his own female harem to mate with them he's won the right.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 6, 2008

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