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ID:	13310Any body come accross anything like this before. I found three of these in the rumen of a large(103lb lardered) fallow buck. I asked around and emailed mates but no one had a clue. I finally got an answer from a vet called Peter Green who specialises in deer. They're a bit like gall stones and basically are concretions of stomach juices around a foreign body. He say's they're prolific in fallow but i've not met anybody else who's found them. Here's your chance to change that.
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ID:	13311 Some eight months ago I found all this rubbish in another big fallow buck. Comprises of polypropylene rope, silage rap and nappy liners!!!

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    They could be or they might be just stones that have been consumed! That's more common than you'd think.

    We find all sorts of weird things in cattle and sheep rumens on post mortem. I would suggest crap in the rumen or gut would be more common than you think, just most people wouldn't want to open the guts!

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Having dried them out they have a density more like wood.
    Ive just had an email from woman vet working in Africa.
    She says elephants get them and they can be the size of footballs!
    I hope to have an article about them published in the spring edition of The Deer journal.

    Mark

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    Do you have access to a bandsaw? I'd be interested to see one in cross section.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Interesting thread, Mark. If I'm not much mistaken we did a day together on the BDS stand at the county show last year!

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    Yes we did.
    Don't know if we're going to Devon county show yet but if we do I'll be there.

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    I had something very similar in a Fallow Buck i shot in Perthshire. Also had a lot of detritus in the Rumen same as yours. Mine was Baler twine and plastic alongside the Stone like objects. The Stalker who took me out posts on here as Grizzly Adams, i will ask him about mine again as he is a mine of information.

    Yorkie.

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    Thumbs up

    Hi Yorkie, Yes they are exactly the same as the one you shot. Density like wood. Grizzly.

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    Thats fascinating, and another reason why I'm pleased I joined this site! thanks for sharing and I'll look forward to that article
    cheers
    Andy

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