This year's doe, shot out of a family group this morning in West Berkshire. She was behaving quite normally before the shot, yet on approaching her to check for signs of life, I was shocked to see evidence of a major case of the runs. I checked the tongue and between the cleaves and then general bodily condition. She was very thin. I decided to take the head off first to check the retros and subs, and yet they were absolutely fine. On opening up, the mesenteric chain was like a line of large swollen acorns, however the portal, mediastinal and bronchials were fine. Liver and spleen were normal and there was nothing odd about lungs.
I've seen only one other animal suffering from similarly dramatic symptoms in some 15 years. Would be interested, Morena, in your informed observations about what was likely to have been wrong and whether deer can recover from such a debilitating condition.