I was clearing out some old paperwork at the weekend, and came across a photo of me taken in Feb 1999, with a strange buck I shot whilst out doe stalking. The bucks velvet antlers had collapsed over its face and the ends had swelled up to roughly the size of a grapefruit on both sides totally covering its eyes. At first I thought I was looking at a perruque buck, but as I stalked in closer I could see that the animal was in difficulties so I made the decision and took the shot.
I have not seen a similar buck since, and I assume the fractured antlers may have been caught in a fence or something, and the swelling was due to blood not being able to drain from the soft growing antler. The whole mass of each antler was soft and could be lifted up to reveal normal eyes underneath. On gralloching out the beast, the stomach was completely empty so I have no doubt the animal would have just sit there until it starved to death.
A strange one, thats for sure !!