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    Muntjac Strange Growth

    Dear All,

    I noticed a strange appendage on the fore leg of a Muntjac buck I shot on Friday evening. Can anyone identify it? My shooting partner and I were most befuddled!

    Many thanks for your help,

    Dom

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  2. #2
    How strange, never seen anything like that before!

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    Hope you kept it! New one on me, morena may have the answer!

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    Did you cut into it? First guess would be an accessory digit, although I can't explain the different colour

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    I haven't tried cutting in to it, and it's now bagged up for the bin with the other "extras". Is an accessory digit a bit like Anne Boleyn's sixth finger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buchan View Post
    Did you cut into it? First guess would be an accessory digit, although I can't explain the different colour
    Did see a miniature pinscher on tv with an extra foot! Wasn't a different colour though.

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    All deer have metacarpals ( metapodials ) 3 and 4 fused ( Equivalent to the bones in your hand which are separate ) in addition have lost metacarpal 1 ( thumb ) Muntjac are classified as plesiometacarpal deer. What this means is the metacarpal bones 2 and 5 normally connecting the carpus ( knee in animals, wrist in humans ) to the foot are in the process of disappearing from the foot end. Hence this appendage is a vestigial metacarpal. Could be either cartilage or bone or a mixture of both. Unusual but not normally so prominent.

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    Very interesting, morena. Many thanks.

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    Interesting photo. Never seen anything like that before.

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