We have also been out with Martyn on an autopsy of a recently dead deer. This was pretty interesting, as we got to see what long-term data is collected: muscle tissue, fur, the liver is weighed etc. We also got to see where our skulls come from and how they are taken from the carcass. But I now feel very sorry for the deer, as they are full of parasites. We got to count the number of nasal maggots, liver flukes and lung worm. Fortunately this deer didn’t have any lung worm, a small mercy. But on our way to the autopsy we passed a deer that didn’t look to good. We mentioned this to Martyn on the way to the already dead deer and he said he would have a look on the way back. But when we got back this deer had already dropped dead. This was pretty sad but I suppose that means there is more food for surviving deer.
I forgot to attach some links to the researchers that we are working for:
Well I have also been taking some night time photos, attached below.