In 1893, Herbrand Russell became the eleventh Duke of Bedford and took over Woburn Abbey. He introduced muntjacs to his lands from China, where they were in decline. He also saved the Pere David’s Deer from extinction by acquiring a few of the remaining animals from European zoos and letting them breed and thrive at Woburn. The muntjacs did rather well and were soon all over England and Wales eating scrubs, bits of foliage, and marmite.
Also known as “barking deer,” Reeves Muntjacs voice a loud bark-like sound when they are alarmed. Because they live in the forest, and visibility is crap, the barking alerts everyone around them, “I say, Good Chap, clear off!”