A Minnesota photographer startlingly caught a deer shrouded in tumors as she shot portraits in a field and a nature official described it as one of the worst cases she’d seen in 15 years.
Julie Carrow pictured the creature that was shrouded in such a large number of tumors she was not able to see its eyes and it turns out the condition stems from papillomavirus, which is more commonly known as HPV in humans.
Photographs of the animal looking at the camera started such a major response on the web, that local people were desperate to catch up with it in case it needed help. Various angles Carrow snapped show the lumps on the deer’s face, neck, chest, belly, legs, and rear.
The woman, who is also a nurse, told CityPages: ‘This deer casually wandered past us. He did not appear in any distress or malnourished, though I couldn’t see his eyes. Carrow posted on Facebook July 25: ‘1) has anyone see this little guy around town and 2) can anything be done to help him. This to me is just heartbreaking.’
The snaps were shared by the Big Bone Outdoors Facebook group and it was shared by more than 7,000 people.