This will undoubtedly get moved to the deer welfare section, but I thought it was deserving of a brief spell in the general section as it is quite weird!
I shot a Roe Doe tonight about middle aged. Her abdomen was as 'tight as a drum' despite being only 20 mins from shot to gralloch. Upon opening her up, I was faced with a very hard lump like a small rugby ball. On looking closer, I could see that there were actually 2 roe kids fused together into a hard lump! They were not in a placenta and have legs sticking out. The whole lump is about 26cm long. Going by the size of them, they can only be last years young which were never born. This immediately made me think of the Scmallenberg virus which has so far not been found in deer! The rest of the deer was absolutely fine with all lymph sites normal and a healthy larder weight of 30lb clean. I'm not sure it will go into the food chain just yet though! I've spoken to the animal health dept but could only get some distant vet via a pager this late. To be honest, they weren't that interested as it wasn't domestic livestock!! They did say they will get someone from the wild animal dept to call me tomorrow though. I have wrapped it and put it in the fridge. I haven't cut it open or anything as I don't want to destroy anything that may be of scientific interest. If anyone does have a contact number of anyone that might be interested, please PM me. See what you think:
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