Researchers at Texas State University have revealed the first known photographic evidence of white-tailed deer feasting on human remains. The photograph was taken in the university’s 26 acre Forensic Anthropology Research Facility – a body farm where forensic scientists study the process of human decay and decomposition.
Earlier, deers and other herbivores have been caught nibbling on remains of animals such as fish, dead rabbits and live birds despite their vegetarian diets. Researchers believe they do so for the minerals – such as phosphorous, calcium and sodium – their regular diets can’t provide during the cold season.
Reference: White-tailed Deer as a Taphonomic Agent: Photographic Evidence of White-tailed Deer Gnawing on Human Bone. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2017. DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13514