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It sounds like something out of a horror movie: a white-tailed buck with hairy eyeballs. No joke. This is what the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency found out when a hunter reported a deer on the agency’s Report Sick Deer button on their website. The TWRA added the capability to allow hunters and citizens to report on deer acting strangely to curb chronic waste disease and other diseases.
Lindsay Thomas of the National Deer Association reports about this deer on the NDA website in a pretty harrowing way. Blood or weird things don’t usually bother me, but I have to admit these photos freaked me out. I’m not sure if Wes Craven or M. Night Shyamalan could think of that.
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The deer was spotted near Farragut, a suburb of Knoxville, eastern Tennessee, in August 2020.
“The person stated that the deer was circling (on a road), had visible bleeding, was unaware of people around it, and had something in its eyes,” said wildlife biologist Sterling Daniels of TWRA.
The deer was knocked down by local law enforcement and animal control, which saved Daniels’s head. He sent it to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) department of the University of Georgia Veterinary School to test it for CWD and see the eyeballs.
The deer tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, but was negative for CWD. Another examination of the eyes at SCWDS revealed this diagnosis: “Corneal Dermoids”. A thick layer of skin and thick hair covered every cornea. The researchers said the components of the eyes were normal except for the layer of hairy, thick skin.
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I’ve seen deer with gross infections and wounds healed, and the rough skin fibroids commonly known as deer warts. But man, those hairy eyeballs are taking the cake. Read more about the SCWDS results of this unique deer.