Bit of drama at the end of our dog walk last night.
Got back up near our village & the GSP was off up ahead as usual & as she rounded a bend in the path there was an almighty commotion with a lot of screaming which could have only been a deer, I hurried forward & found her with a very young Muntjac doe pinned down.
Got her off & the Muntjac got up tottered a few steps & collapsed, her back end was completely gone. Looks like she’d been hit by a vehicle & had managed to come down the path leading from the B road that runs past our village until she collapsed, one hip was smashed & a leg was broken.
Didn’t have a knife with me & needed to dispatch her quickly so tried to break her neck but for some reason & not sure why I couldn’t manage it so only thing I could think of doing was to put the heel of my boot on her windpipe & she went quietly in well under a minute.
Then I had the problem of disposing of the carcass, couldn’t really walk up through the village with her draped over my shoulders so took her down to the scrub by the river & hid her in a shallow overgrown ditch.
Went by this morning on the same walk & she was gone, lots of pins in evidence so Fox or Badgers had found her overnight probably.