good evening all,
i thought i would put this to the community and see what you think!!
a couple of years ago my father and i were out stalking when in the distance appeared this young fallow pricket, he was on his own and walking very slowly with his head down.
now, this is not the normal behaviour of a healthy fallow pricket and on greater inspection we could see something was not right.
unfortunately, he was too far off and disappeared into neighbouring woodland.
the following night he appeared again and this time we could see him clearly and was in range and as the pictures show, his injuries were horrific!!
We did the humane thing and shot him where he stood.
as we walked up to him our first thoughts were he had been hit by a car maybe but when we turned him over to do the gralloch our minds changed!!
there was a horrible moan and a release of the worst smelling gas you had ever smelt.
this guy had been walking around with a hole the size of a large fist where his nuts should have been and all the internal area was green where he had started to rot whilst alive!!
it was a distressing site and it was a relief to see this guy put out of his misery!!
had this fallow pricket been the result of a botched poach with dogs or maybe something a little larger had decided it was dinner time??
there had been reports of some sightings of large cat like animals around the area so who knows?
be interested to know what people thought...a road traffic accident?, poachers with dogs?, or big cat??....or something else??????