A white-tailed deer died and was found to have “hairy eyeball” disease

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It is reported that this white-tailed deer was in Knoxville, East Tennessee in late August 2020 Farragut in the suburbs was found bleeding and lost. The animal control department was forced to dispose of the deer and sent the head to the Southeastern Center for Wildlife Disease Research (SCWDS) at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine for analysis.

Although the deer was found to be suffering from epizootic hemorrhagic disease after death-an infectious and often fatal virus that afflicts white-tailed deer-another noteworthy aspect was discovered: the deer The cornea is almost completely covered by the hair disc.

A white-tailed deer died and was found to have “hairy eyeball” disease

Dr. Nicole Nemeth from SCWDS and The official report written by research technician Michelle Willis stated: “Corneal cysts, like the case of this deer, usually contain normal skin components, including hair follicles, sweat glands, collagen and fat. Lumps are usually benign and Congenital, it is likely to be caused by embryonic development defects.”

So this deer’s corneal dermoid may have been for a long time and gradually deteriorated until its vision is almost complete. blurry.

According to Sterling Daniels of the Tennessee Department of Wildlife Resources, “It may be able to distinguish between day and night, but I don’t think it can see where it is going. I would compare it to a towel cover. Live your eyes. You can tell day and night, but nothing more.”

This is the second deer ever recorded to have a corneal cyst.