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Six Legged Deer Found in Georgia

July 23rd, 2008
Six Legged Deer

Six Legged Deer

Veterinarians at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia, were brought a 6 legged deer after it was mauled by a dog.  The deer has two distinct pelvises and is actively trying to use one leg from each pelvis.  It appears to me that the fawn absorbed a twin in utero, but was not able to completely absorb the second twin.

You can also see a video of the six legged deer by clicking here. (I have found the video to be very slow, so be patient.)  The little guy can get around quite well.  They think he was doing fine until caught by the dogs.  He did have to have one of his two tails amputated because of the dog attack.

They are going to try to keep this fawn in captivity.  I am sure that his extra limbs would continue to make him susceptible to attack from predators.  He may end up at the University of Georgia to be studied.  I know that anomalies like this often don’t last long in nature…the whole survival of the fittest thing.  But it is kind of neat to see when it does happen.  I wonder if they will ever be able to figure out what caused this to happen.

8 Responses to “Six Legged Deer Found in Georgia”

  1. Now that’s freaky!

  2. I stumbled across this little guy yesterday as well. It is pretty interesting. I’m thinking there were suppose to be twins, and something weird happened. I’m also glad to see that he will be kept in captivity. I don’t think he would last very long in the wild.

  3. Natuer sure does some strange things, sometimes, doesn’t it?!

  4. Weird… glad they are keeping it in captivity!

  5. Is it totally wrong that I looked at this thing and wished it’d had two heads instead because that would be a really interesting trophy?

    I know the answer. It was very wrong of me. It’s a BABY! Bad Holly. 🙁

  6. Nature is strange. I agree with Blessed. The fawn probably wouldn’t last too long if they let it go.

  7. That’s an interesting deer. Glad someone decided to take care of it!

  8. Now that is a neat looking deer…

    And I have to ask, where are you at?

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