On June 3rd, 2023, I spotted a deer inside the woodshed, less than 40 feet from where I sat inside my camper, typing at my desk as I am WRITE now, lol. :wink:
At first I was tickled that such a wild animal chose such a close resting spot, not fearing little me, heehee. It was delightful to zoom in with the camera on my phone, taking a closer look. But then I started to notice that all was not well with the doe. She was panting, and constantly licking her lips and drooling like crazy. It looked like perhaps she couldn’t quite close her mouth. But the footage was dark, and on my tiny phone screen… I couldn’t really tell what was going on… Perhaps she ate something poisonous? Is she in labor? Dying?
It wasn’t until I zoomed in just right that I saw the huge black SPOT on the right side of her muzzle — about the size of the end of her snout…! What the…??!!
She stayed for close to an hour, then wandered off. My Mate and I did everything we could to NOT disturb her, let her REST as long as she would. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera running when she finally got up and stood in profile with the sun behind her — and I got a clear view of the HUGE bulbous TUMOR on her face! I thought she was a goner, but she came back later, wandering across the field by one of my tiny gardens. Unbelievably, I saw her again briefly the next day… and AGAIN, over 3 WEEKS later…!
To be honest, I had forgotten all about the poor girl by the time I saw her that last time, when she was all skin-and-bones. The first time I saw her, laying in the woodshed, was June 3rd. The last time was June 29th…! :O Wow! What a survivor!
After 3 weeks, her fur was ragged and her bones were showing. She was seriously emaciated. The tumor had changed from black to flesh-colored. She wasn’t drooling or licking, and she was steady on her feet. If I thought MDNR could actually catch and help her, I’d consider contacting them… but I kinda don’t think they could even catch her. She’s moving pretty impressively! :D