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Muntjacs may be small but have a big bark

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Some local youth at the Spring River Zoo Saturday get a good look at Mr. Monty, one of two Reeves’ muntjacs in the exhibit. Zookeeper Ayron Meeks let the youth behind the visitors’ fence for a closer examination of the animal — a native of southeast Asia — sometimes referred to as the “fang deer” because of canine tusks in the males or “barking deer” because of the dog-like sound they make when feeling threatened. Tinker Bell, his female companion, was sitting in a food bin. The zoo presents “Keeper Talks” on a monthly basis, with times and dates given on its Facebook page. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)