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    blind

    Hi All a couple of weeks ago I took someone out stalking and they got a blind buck, I am not going to name him
    Anyway the eyes were so unusual I decided to take the head to the county Vet Laboratory to see if they could shed light.
    Both eyes were normal in size, one was opaque the other was very strange, the pupal was enlarged and like black rubber, it would not shine, even when wet, the rest of the eye was opaque.
    I did get the results and was very surprised to discover what it was but thought I would first see what forum members made of it.
    So I will hold of on the answer till Monday.Click image for larger version. 

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    I have shot them and filmed them in my garden with what appeared to be cataracts,or maybe having been pierced by a thorn
    Martin

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    I was told that it was called New Forest disease, seen a few over the years. Once found a newly born Roe kid that was blind in both eyes.

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    I was helping with a Red Deer census a few months ago and had a mature roe buck stand up in the heather about 5 meters away from me. I was fairly quiet on a soft earth track. It hesitated for almost 10 seconds and I noticed its eye was glazed before turned and saw me with its other eye. I will be interested to hear the veterinary opinion!
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    Looks like New Foreest Desease you get in cattle,never seen it in Deer though,assume they can also get it?

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    So this is nothing like the New forest disease that I've seen.
    In that the eyes are inflamed, red streaks or blotches etc. and very watery.
    There were no cataracts on the eyes.
    In this dear the only noticeable things were the mat opaque look and the fact you could not make them shine even with water! and the pupal being like mat rubber.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by levigsp View Post
    So this is nothing like the New forest disease that I've seen.
    In that the eyes are inflamed, red streaks or blotches etc. and very watery.
    There were no cataracts on the eyes.
    In this dear the only noticeable things were the mat opaque look and the fact you could not make them shine even with water! and the pupal being like mat rubber.
    so was that the diagnosis from the vets then?
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

  8. #8
    Rape poisoning blindness?

    rape poisoning

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by polranny View Post
    Rape poisoning blindness?

    rape poisoning
    Not much rape up in Sutherland I assume levisgp? You've got me stumped, the only two ideas I had have been discounted.

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    Well firstly let me state that as I new very little if anything about Rape blindness [I thought it was a thing of the past.], I asked the vets and was told that if it occurs you cannot see it yourself as it effects the cortex of the eye, therefore the eye looks normal to us.

    As to the Roe pictured, it is almost certain that the eyes were damaged by heathland fire, apparently its the hot smake that does the damage!, you live and learn.

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