On Saturday, May 18, 2024, I set out on my bike from Bahçeköy with my friends, intending to cycle through the Belgrade Forest towards Göktürk. While passing through the Belgrade Forest, I saw a huge male deer on the right, near the fence (inside the fence). It was lying down near the fence, resting and watching the road.

I stopped to take a picture, hesitant to scare it, but it didn’t get scared at all. It allowed me to approach very closely. I had seen many deer in the Belgrade Forest before, but they usually don’t come close to people, so you can only see them from a distance. This was the first time I had seen such a big deer up close. It was a beautiful and special moment for me.

A huge deer in the Belgrade Forest, Istanbul
A huge deer in the Belgrade Forest: I was hesitant to scare it, but it didn’t get scared at all. It allowed me to approach very closely.
A huge deer in the Belgrade Forest, Istanbul
When he stood up, I realized that it was as big as a horse.
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Özgür Nevres

Published by Özgür Nevres

I am a software developer, a former road racing cyclist, and a science enthusiast. Also an animal lover! I write about the city of Istanbul on this website. I live in Istanbul since 1992.

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