What happened to Uni the Axis deer with one antler?

Uni was a magnificent creature even with on antler.

The photo of two antlers shows one that has broken off normally. The second antler shows the bone still attached to it. In the next photo the bone attached to the antler can be compared to the actual skull of a deer to see where it came from. Basically the bone is the support stalk for the antler which runs along the skull and attaches to the eye socket. My theory is that the antler was ripped from the skull from behind. I suspect that the only thing capable of such force would be an automobile hit that caught the antler from behind and tore the antler off. When I first saw Uni the antler was hanging by a couple of tendons that were probably connected to his ear. The important thing is that the brain cavity of the skull is not entered. It appears that the bone of the antler stalk has separated from the skull without opening the skull in to the brain. I would think such an injury would be fatal whereas this one probably will not be fatal.

The photos that follow show Uni nursing his wound. Imagine the headache he must of had? Actually I wonder if he had that much of a headache given the skull was not penetrated.


Uni's antler measured thirty-three and one half from the break off point. Prior to this the biggest antler in my collection was thirty-two inches. People I know that seem to know something about deer tell me that Uni is five or six years old. That he is a well established buck. Examine the antler photo to see more detail. The antler was in velvet and  the polishing of it was just beginning.


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