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Why is This Deer’s Face Deformed?

deer-underbite
MissouriWhitetails

Check out what likely caused the rare deformity in this buck’s face. 

Deer deformities are rare occurrence in nature and can yield more questions than answers. For instance, take a look at this rarely deformed little buck.

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At first glance, it’s clear this buck has an excessive case of deer underbite. In most cases of underbite or overbite deer, it’s not as radical as the picture above. Underbites and overbites are caused by rare genetic abnormality and are common in deer populations. In most instances, deer are able to live and eat fine.

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Others believe the deer had down syndrome. If the deer actually had an extra chromosome, it would be difficult to diagnose. Inbreeding would likely be a more realistic cause of the deformed face, not down syndrome.

underbite-buck
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It’s challenging to speculate what the cause might have been, but nonetheless the occurrence is extremely rare.

After digging across the internet, another similar photo could be found. The owner of the photo stated the buck had a simple overbite.

deer-underbite
MissouriWhitetails

What do you think is the cause of this rare occurrence? Is it a simple deformity, inbreeding, or down syndrome?

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Why is This Deer’s Face Deformed?