The word scut refers to the uniquely short, perky tails of deer
(and rabbits and bears). But not all deer tails are the same! With over
30 different species of deer all across the world, scuts are
designed to fulfill many different purposes and thus boast many
different appearances. From short and fluffy, to long and spindly, deer
tails are all varied and intriguing!
The shortest deer tails
belong to the Chinese water deer, moose, elk, and roe deer, whose tails
rarely exceed more than 2 inches in length and may appear entirely
nonexistent at first glance.
The longest deer tails belong to the fallow deer, white-tailed deer, and the
Père David’s deer, whose tails frequently exceed 12 inches in length. In fact, Père David’s deer
tails can be over 20 inches long!
Peek-a-boo pretty baby! This beautiful white fallow deer arrived today for a client. He died naturally and we get to share his beauty to live on in our guest house design. #taxidermy #interiordesign #naturalbeauty (at Gallerie Noir)
You see a white but spotted fallow deer head mount at your local antique
store. It says “mule deer” on the tag. That is not even close to a mule
deer. They won’t change the tag no matter how many times you remind