3 days ago
Have I got a story for you!
I was out in Round Valley with my camera. I hiked out La Dee Duh and then cut down the hill to the unnamed trail below. About halfway down I jumped a 3-pt. After a few hops he stopped and turned to look at me, then continued down the hill.
I kept heading down and about three minutes later came upon a deer with its head buried in a snow bank, on its side, with legs flailing, trying to get loose. One antler was protruding from the snow which made it look like his head was at an awkward angle.
Now I know that deer can get aggressive, especially when threatened, but I felt I had to try and help. So I jumped down and grabbed his hind legs and tried to pull him out, but I couldn't. About that time it seemed, he stopped fighting.
Since I couldn't pull him out with his legs, I thought I needed to go around and pull his head out of the snow. Maybe he was suffocating. I was a bit nervous but I had to do something.
I grabbed an antler and pulled his head out of the snow. He didn't react. So I shook his head, opened his mouth, and when that elicited nothing I started pushing his chest, shaking him and yelled at him to wake up. After a few minutes, I realized it was futile. He was dead.
Life is precious. And I was sad, especially since I played some role in his death.
What happened? I'm not sure. I imagine that somehow he tripped and landed awkwardly in a deep snow bank and either broke his neck or landed at an angle that made it difficult to extricate himself.
This is the cycle of life, I guess. His remains will sustain perhaps multiple animals thru a harsh winter. But I'm struck at the immediacy of it. One minute he was bedded down, chewing his cud, and five minutes later he was dead.
#nature #wildlifeplanet #featured_wildlife #discoverearth #amazingearth #natgeowild #wildlife_captures #animalplanet #yourshotadventure #westbysouthwest #discovery #lr_wild #nature_shooters #discoverearth #destination_wild #animalsonland #wildlifeaddict #visitparkcity #werutah #beutahful #awesomeearth #utahillustrated #yourshot #yourshotadventure #all_animals_addiction #ourplanetdaily #thebest_capture #bestnatureshots #mycanonstory