Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 9:31 AM
Yesterday in the mountains west of Beijing in Hebei Province, your correspondent stumbled into a wild deer: the Siberian Roe Deer (Capreolus pygargus). It looked very similar to the deer pictured left, which is a different species - the plain old Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) found in Europe.
Images of the Siberian Roe Deer on the Internet mostly show red or reddish fur color, but the beast I saw was distinctly grey. According to online sources, the Siberian Roe Deer's winter coloring is grey, but it seems a little hot for that already.
Searching for further images and information, I did a Google image search on the Chinese word for Roe Deer (狍子 paozi). One of the image results on the first page was this picture:
Deer meat strips with celery
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