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Today’s video comes to us from the Drury Outdoors Facebook channel, and boy is it a rough one to watch—especially for you deer hunters.
Jayson Cooper was camping with his family when a buck slowly started wandering through camp. Jayson grabbed his phone and recorded the ordeal.
From the start, you can tell the buck isn’t quite right. The way he’s walking, his lack of fear…something’s off.
Buck has EHD
Can you believe this! Jayson Cooper captured this incredible footage of the brutality of Mother Nature. It’s likely this buck was suffering from EHD. These poor animals absolutely burn up and will do anything to cool down…including drown themselves, like this buck did.Posted by Drury Outdoors on Thursday, August 29, 2019
It’s crazy to watch this buck walk right through a fire and not flinch. Even crazier to watch him walk into deep water and not instinctively start swimming.
It could be a couple things…brain parasite or CWD, namely. The thing is, he still looks healthy. His fur looks good and he hasn’t lost any weight.
That probably means it’s EHD—or Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease—an infection (and often fatal) virus causes by a virus-carrying fly or midge.
Symptoms of EHD include loss of appetite, loss of fear of humans (which is clear in the video), weakness (which would explain why he’s walking so slowly), rapid salivation, and elevated pulse.
That elevated pulse and respiratory rate cause the animal to burn up. To cool down, they’ll try to find a body of water to lie down in. That’s what the buck in today’s video is doing.
Jayson stops filming just when the buck starts struggling to breathe. I’m glad I didn’t have to watch him drown.