Animal of the Week: Indian Hog Deer

Hog Deer

Indian Hog Deer (Hyelaphus porcinus)

Great place to see it: Kaziranga National Park


That eye-white is delightful, but why the sheepish look, you wonder? How about because if you’re already a deer in hog clothing, which is what a hog deer is, and just because you’re young, you slip into spotted deer costume to masquerade as something that’s sure to confuse the wits out of even the above-average human, a little bit of sheepishness is certainly in order to offset all the mischief!

Called so because of their hog-like stance while on the run, hog deer tend to duck under obstacles rather than jump over them, showing a clean white under their short tail.

For thus showing that there’s more than one way to deal with life’s challenges, the hog deer is our Animal of the Week!

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Sourabha Rao

Sourabha is a staff writer at Toehold who dexterously gives verbal form to the inexpressible, and with her passion for travel, weaves immersive stories that transcend space and dissolve time.

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