Ouch…Is a Mercy Shot Needed (CAUTION – GRAPHIC)
Early today I saw a lone whitetail doe standing in corn stubble a long distance from the road. My initial assessment was she was out feeding after surviving several weeks of shotgun and bow hunting seasons. Then she began running and I noticed something uncomfortable to watch. Her right rear leg had a complete open fracture just below the hip.
The doe seems to be able to run OK, but it cannot be easy or comfortable. In one picture I can see raw flesh as the leg swings uselessly around when she moves.
Seeing the open wound and knowing infection is possible, perhaps likely, I wonder if the “right thing” to do would be to euthanize the deer. Since she is out moving around, that process might require one well-placed shot. Such a death would be quick versus what this doe faces in the future if/when infection overwhelms her body.
Whitetail Deer (Doe) With Broken Leg:
Not too far from the deer I saw and photographed this adult bald eagle against a gray sky.
Adult Bald Eagle: