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Scientists Spot Grisly First Among Deer

They're seen scavenging on human remains for the first time

(Newser) - When scientists dropped a human carcass in the woods to study its decomposition, they expected the usual suspects such as vultures and raccoons to show up to speed things along. Their cameras, however, also picked up an unexpected visitor: a deer. In fact, it's the first time a deer... More »

Jet Hits Deer on Takeoff, Returns to Airport Leaking Fuel

The deer apparently damaged a wing flap

(Newser) - Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around, the AP reports. The FAA said in a statement that the pilot of Flight 5320 to Gulfport, Mississippi, declared an emergency shortly before noon Wednesday. American... More »

It Wasn't Me, Officer; It Was the Deer

Man blames speeding ticket on hypothetical deer

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man fighting a speeding ticket in court had a unique explanation—the officer's radar gun may have picked up a deer, the AP reports. According to the Newburyport Daily News , Dennis Sayers was clocked going 40mph in 30mph zone in West Newbury in November. He got a... More »

Sad Ending to Story of Viral Deer Rescue

Animal ended up being euthanized

(Newser) - Television channels live-streamed footage of a deer stuck on the ice of a frozen river Monday, some of them airing it for up to three hours—and hundreds of thousands of people watched, NPR reports. Finally, two-and-a-half hours into the footage, rescuers were able to slide the deer over and... More »

Lonely Deer-Humping Monkey Shocks Scientists, Internet

It's only the second time such a thing has been documented

(Newser) - One lonely snow monkey in Japan is taking animal sexuality to strange new places. In a study published Tuesday in Primates , researchers documented a monkey having or attempting sexual relations with at least two sika deer. While one of the deer ran off, the monkey mounted another deer and ejaculated... More »

Family's Pet Deer Shot by Game Warden

Family cited for 'unlawful possession of wildlife without a permit'

(Newser) - A western Kansas family is outraged after game wardens killed a deer that was allowed inside their house and took walks with the family, the AP reports. Kim Mcgaughey said the mule deer was "very much a big pet" and that there was "no reason for her to... More »

Whoops: Deer Not as Dead as Motorist Thought

Wakes up in trunk, to driver's surprise

(Newser) - A 59-year-old Wisconsin man hit a deer with his car last week and put it in his trunk, thinking he'd soon be enjoying some venison for dinner. Instead, he was surprised to hear the deer moving around when he got home, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He called the... More »

Car Hits Deer, Deer Goes Airborne, Hits Pedestrian

'This is not a type of crash that happens often'

(Newser) - A deer hit by a minivan in Tennessee went airborne and struck someone walking by hard enough to break some of the pedestrian's bones, the AP reports. Police spokesperson Natalie Hall tells the Leaf-Chronicle that a driver hit the deer Thursday evening near downtown Clarksville. The animal flew off... More »

Arby's Venison Sandwich Is Inexplicably Popular

The Bambi burger sold out in minutes

(Newser) - America's desire for inexpensive, pre-cooked deer has been wildly underestimated. Arby's made its new Venison Sandwich available at four Minnesota locations last Friday; the sandwich was sold out at all of them by 11:15am, KARE reports. According to the Nation's Restaurant News , it was the same... More »

Arby's Throws Caution to the Wind, Offers Venison Sandwich

'You simply can't find this at other restaurant chains'

(Newser) - In what one executive calls the fast-food chain's "biggest stretch" yet—and what may be the biggest test of gastrointestinal bravery in recent memory—Arby's is offering a limited-time-only venison sandwich, MLive.com reports. According to WZZM , the Arby's Bambi Burger* features a "thick-cut venison... More »

Deer at Brink of Extinction Survives Afghan Conflicts

Bactrian deer were spotted by researchers for the first time in decades in 2013

(Newser) - In Afghanistan—in spite of multiple wars, habitat destruction, and unregulated hunting—one species feared to have gone extinct in the nation has been spotted and may even be staging a comeback: the rare and majestic Bactrian deer. When they were last surveyed in the 1970s, their local numbers were... More »

Alaska Whale-Watchers Save Swimming Deer

'It was the craziest thing I've ever seen on any of my tours,' says naturalist

(Newser) - An Alaska whale-watching cruise turned into a rescue mission for an unusual aquatic species—a distressed, swimming deer. The 18-passenger tour vessel from Gastineau Guiding Co. lassoed the struggling deer on Wednesday, pulled it on board and gave it a ride to an island, Juneau radio station KTOO reported. Naturalist... More »

Baby Deer Euthanized After Humans 'Rescue' It

They, likely wrongly, believed the fawn had been abandoned

(Newser) - “It’s a death sentence when people pick up a baby critter and turn it over to us.” That's the message Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski had for a group of people who tried to help a week-old baby deer last weekend in the La... More »

1st-Ever Endemic Malaria Found in US Mammals

Scientists stumble on find at the National Zoo

(Newser) - Talk about a surprise: Two years ago, scientists researching avian malaria happened to learn that two strains of the parasite are infecting white-tailed deer—possibly 25% of those living on the East Coast, Smithsonian reports. Until then, no endemic malaria had been seen in North or South American mammals. "... More »

Deer Carcasses a Big Problem for Alaska Airport

'It’s like Las Vegas when the buffet is called, except for birds'

(Newser) - It may sound crazy, but dead deer are posing a serious safety risk at one Alaskan airport, KCAW reports. Heather Bauscher usually spends her day shooting fireworks at ducks and eagles to scare them away from the runway in Sitka. But ever since hunting season started in November, deer carcasses... More »

Lyme Disease Ticks Spread to Half of All US Counties

Which is why cases have tripled since 1990s

(Newser) - Nearly half of all counties in the US are now home to ticks that carry Lyme disease, including areas where they'd never before been documented, researchers at the CDC report in the Journal of Medical Entomology . That's up from 30% of counties in 1998, with the Guardian reporting... More »

Cops: Man Kept 2 Deer in Home

He's charged with misdemeanor in West Virginia

(Newser) - Officials say a West Virginia man had been keeping two deer at his home for at least a year. Authorities discovered the white-tailed bucks when they visited the Cabell County man's home July 4 after receiving a public tip. State Division of Natural Resources officer Joshua Addesa says the... More »

Internet Fawns Over 6-Inch-Tall Deer

Pudu grow to be a foot tall at the shoulder

(Newser) - A tiny deer is generating a giant dose of cuteness in New York City after the Wildlife Conservation Society sent out a baby announcement today. It's a boy! The southern pudu (POO'-doo) fawn—the world's smallest deer species—was born May 12 at the Queens Zoo . The... More »

Animal Farm Takes In Rare White-Faced Deer

... after its mother rejected the fawn

(Newser) - A white-faced fawn born at a western Michigan farm was rejected by its mother, but is doing well just the same with human tender care. The Grand Rapids Press reports that Hilary Powell and her family at Deer Tracks Junction farm are taking care of the fawn they named Dragon.... More »

Cops: Teen Hit Deer Then Shot Good Samaritan

He was arrested hours into his 18th birthday

(Newser) - Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened by the side of a road in Maryland's Pocomoke Forest on Friday night—but they know that suspect Kenny George White did not have a good 18th birthday. Police say that about an hour before White turned 18 at... More »

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