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Animals from Lithuanian Forests will Appear on Postage Stamps

Sep 07, 2017

Lithuania post continues the popular series of postage stamps “Animals of Lithuania” and issues a new miniature sheet. Three postage stamps depict some of the most well-known representatives of forest fauna in Lithuania: the royal stag, the European hare, and the badger. The postage stamps will become available this Saturday, the 9th of September.

The miniature sheet depicting the animals that are frequently mentioned in Lithuanian folklore consists of three postage stamps; the denomination of each of them is EUR 0.84, and the circulation is 30,000. The author of the new postage stamps is artist Tomas Dragūnas.

“We have been offering the postage stamp series depicting the animals of Lithuania for several years in a row to draw the attention of the public to the huge variety of Lithuanian fauna. We are also happy that animals depicted on the stamps, which will be sent abroad with letters and parcels, help to demonstrate the uniqueness of nature in our country. It is said that postage stamps that depict animals are particularly popular among philatelists,” states Tomas Bašarovas, ‎Head of Communication Group at Lietuvos paštas.

In addition to the miniature sheet, the first day cover will also be available. On Saturday, correspondence paid with the new postage stamp will be stamped at the central post office in Vilnius with the datestamp of the first day.

The royal stag is a beautiful, harmonious, and sturdy animal. The beginning of the reacclimatisation of royal stags in Lithuania is associated with Žagarė forests. The deer immigrated to the southern Lithuanian forests from Poland and Kaliningrad Oblast. These animals prefer broadleaf forests and mixed coniferous forests growing in rich soils.

The European hare resembles a domesticated rabbit in appearance. From the 15th to the 18th century, the European hare was rarer in Lithuania than the mountain hare. Due to intensive human activities, hares most often inhabit forests and areas of uncultivated land. In a day, a hare moves within an area of 65 ha on average, but most activities take place in an area of approximately 20 ha, and in the presence of danger the hare moves in an area of 1 km in radius.

The badger is the largest animal of the family Mustelidae. Although badgers are widespread in all parts of the country, their numbers have diminished recently. They live in forests, sometimes in bushes, pastures or even meadows that are close to a forest. Badgers live in burrows and use moss, dry grass and leaves to line their lairs. When the weather gets colder, at the end of November or at the beginning of December badgers fall asleep and hibernate until March. On clear and warmer days badgers leave their burrows for a short time.

 

Lithuania post issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lithuania post also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation.