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Well, THIS is terrifying.
Forensic scientists at a “body farm” research facility (we’ll get to that in a bit) on the Texas State University campus documented something they had never seen before: a whitetail deer eating human remains.
Well, to be fair, he was chewing on a rib. But still.
The research facility is actually a 26-acre plot of land where scientists observe how human remains decompose in a natural environment. The body had been there for over 6 months, and was nearly picked clean by scavengers by the time the deer found it.
According to National Geographic, deer might be chewing on human bones “because they lack minerals like phosphorus, salt, and calcium, especially in winter months.”
One amusing note: most news outlets are reporting that the deer was photographed by a “motion-sensitive camera,” even though the word Moultrie is clearly visible in the photos. It’s a game camera, people.
In conclusion, watch out for vampire deer, everyone. They look roughly like this: