March, 2012 – Graham Miln

Deer in Parc de la Tête d'Or

Parc de la Tête d’Or, the main park in Lyon, is large enough to be home to many animals. One walled off area contains deer – and oddly ostriches.

The park has now thawed. The sun has been out consistently enough for the crowds to return and for the animals to return to public view.

Signs ask the visitors not to feed the deer, but this seemed widely ignored. When we visited a few weekends ago, the deer knew that food would be forthcoming from the crowds peering over the wall. We watched small children gleefully sharing their food with the waiting deer.

The sight of an ostrich walking through the field caught me off guard. Once I noticed one, it was not long before I realised it was not alone. There were quite a few ostriches living alongside the deer.

An ostrich co-existing with a field of deer