A Minnesota photographer and nurse happened to capture this image of a deer covered in tumors. It was later determined that the deer suffered from HPV.
A Minnesota-based photographer accidentally came across a tumor-ridden deer while shooting portraits in a field. Describing the heartbreaking extent of this outgrowth, Julie Carrow said it made it impossible for her to see its eyes according to the Daily Mail. The deer's malady turned out to be a condition that stems from papillomavirus and it commonly knowns as HPV (Human papillomavirus infection) in human beings. After the images of this ailing deer staring at the camera were uploaded on the internet, it quickly garnered a lot of attention. Locals in the area seemed desperate to know about the creature's condition and were ready to offer any help it required.
Carrow was able to click images of the ailing deer from different angels. These pictures revealed how the lumps were present on the deer's chest, belly, neck, rear, in addition to its face. Speaking to a news outlet called CityPages, the photographer who also happens to be a nurse revealed that the animal did not seem to be suffering. "This deer casually wandered past us. He did not appear in any distress or malnourished, though I couldn't see his eyes," said Carrow. She also posted the images of her discovery on her social media account on July 25.
The Facebook post read: 1) has anyone see this little guy around town and 2) can anything be done to help him. This to me is just heartbreaking. It was then shared by a Facebook Group, Big Bone Outdoors where it received around 1.5K likes and was shared almost 8,000 times. One Facebook user's comment read: I think this kind of explains what is going on? Seems to be a papilloma virus issue that causes warts/Fibromas in deer. Not sure - this was just some basic research! It seems to not cause any biological issue to the deer. However, when they get large enough it might hurt his quality of life!
Poor fella, makes my skin crawl— CZ 22 (@acbrisker) August 8, 2019
Another user, Dave Rambow believed that the condition was caused due to various pollutants in the environment. Rambow wrote: Wonder what chemicals or environment the poor little guy came in contact with to cause do many large tumors. Tragic. Val Hitchcock prayed for the deer's recovery. She wrote: Omg, this makes me want to cry! I hope they do something for him and not let him die! One user, Brad Van Dyke recommended that Carrow contact the DNR right away. He added: You need to call DNR and that has to be shot and sent off for testing before it spreads to others!
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Gen Lustfield wrote: I saw him or her this spring. It crossed Hiawatha when I was going south from Good Sam. DNR should catch it and find out what it has so it doesn't spread to other deer, and treat it. Later, Carrow updated her post mentioning how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Refuge personnel had contacted her after she reached out to them about the deer's condition. DNR's Michelle Carstensen revealed how the creature had a bad case of fibromas and that it was the worst kind she had witnessed in her 15 years with the state wildlife health program.
Poor deer!— Former Democrats for Trump (@LisaHal19400704) August 8, 2019
Listing the animal's limitations, Carstensen mentioned how the bumps were likely to hinder its vision making it very difficult to escape a predator. "It’s possible these will regress and he’ll survive this," said Carstensen. "But it's also possible he becomes an easy prey item in the meantime." They further added that they wouldn't be taking any action in this matter. "They are like warts. In time, they regress and fall off; however, in very extreme cases there can be complications. ...We will not interfere with nature in this case." The Michigan DNR confirmed that the virus does not infect other animals and humans but admitted that it did look dangerous and gross. "Though they don't harm the meat, fibromas are repulsive to most persons and therefore render a fine trophy aesthetically undesirable," reads the Michigan's DNR website.