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White tail deer - are twins the same gender?
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RayP(MI)    Posted 09-05-2003 at 18:42:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Was brushhogging off a back field for a neighbor lady today, when three deer crossed the field from one woods to the one on the other side. I surmised that the larger one was a doe, and the smaller two the spring offspring. Then I noticed that one of the two was somewhat smaller. I got to wondering if the larger was a male, the smaller one a doe. Are white tail deer twins always the same gender, or no? Would they be likely to be identical, or fraternal? I know in cattle, often where there is a fraternal male/female combination the female is often sterile - commonly called a "free martin." Anyone up on deer progeny? I musta slept in Biology class when they taught that one - come to think about it, they didn't teach that!

Salmoneye    Posted 09-06-2003 at 02:26:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
'Identical' are twins from the same zygote (fertilized egg) that splits in two and then each half continues to grow independantly, but are genetically exactly the same...Fraternal are from two seperate zygotes and therefore can be very different genetically...Not all same gender twins are 'identical', but all male/female twins are fraternal...

In answer to the deer, pretty sure that I have read that 'identical' twins are rare...

RayP(MI)    Posted 09-06-2003 at 08:52:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Salmoneye - Last sentence is what I needed to know!

LH    Posted 09-05-2003 at 21:43:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not always, they are just like any other twins either being identical or not. Identicall would be the same gender and stuff while the others could be a mix or both the same but non identical

SY    Posted 09-05-2003 at 18:45:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aint fawn juct like veal?

Bev    Posted 09-07-2003 at 09:28:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deer are wild animals and veal is milk fed beef calves. The calves aren't fed any iron so that the meat doesn't go red.

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