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    Three toed roe deer?

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ID:	38165Just been out on a recce on my new permission and spotted this unusual roe footprint. Has anyone here seen this kind of thing before? Any ideas on what it is? An overgrown dew claw, a birth defect or something else?

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    Last edited by Tartan_Terrier; 16-02-2014 at 17:54.

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    Did you just find the one slot like that or was the abnormality repeated in all sets you found?

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    No, I found slots like that all over the field. I've been doing a quick bit of Googling and found something called polydactylism, which it seems has been seen in Germany and Croatia.

    Edit interesting link: Polydactyly in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) - Springer
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    It looks like an imprint on another imprint to me!

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    I took photos of similar slots both nearby and at the other end of the field, so I think it's unlikely to be one on top of the other.

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    Looks like its almost a 'double foot' so to speak. Right hand side of the main foot print looks like another print. Would be interesting if you ever catch up with the culprit.

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    Looks like a roe print. not every one will be perfectly placed. some may just left,right behind. Quite common for the calf to follow in the mothers footsteps

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    Another print from the same track as the first, plus an older print from the other end of the field.
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    Any more ideas on this guys? If it is polydactylism, is this something that any of you have seen before?

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    I haven't ever seen it but recall a story on here a few years back about a four toed roe: http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...=polydactylism

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