Have you ever seen a buck pop a zit?
Ever watched that show Dr. Pimple Popper? The woman treats all sorts of abnormal growths that people get and the results often look like a teenage nightmare in the form of the world's biggest zit. In nature, many animals end up getting these same forms of cysts, warts, fibromas or abscesses.
Deer seem to be affected by these sorts of ailments more than many other wild animals. A big reason for that may simply be how susceptible they are to biting insects like ticks, horseflies and mosquitoes. Especially during the summer months.
Unfortunately, noticeable growths can form when the injury becomes infected and fills up with pus. Some of these are more debilitating to the deer than others and some may even cause the untimely death of the animal. In this video from Team Realtree, this young buck appears to have an infected growth on the left side of his head. Unbelievably, the buck stops to scratch an itch and ends up inadvertently popping it. We'll warn you now, don't watch this one during your lunch break. Watch between the buck's legs as he scratches to see the pus flying!
This footage was taken by Realtree's associate editor Josh Honeycutt during a deer hunt in Kentucky. Talk about being in the right place at the right time to capture such a rare sight! It looked gross from the angle shown in the video, it was probably even worse had the deer's left side been facing the camera. Popping that growth led to a strong flow of fluid out of the side of his head.
It's impossible to know for sure what's going on here, but we are guessing this was either a cyst or an abscess. Sometimes these growths can be caused by injuries endured during fights with other bucks. Based on the placement of the growth, we think that may be how this buck came to suffer this nasty injury.
Perhaps the only thing that's more gross than the popping of this growth is the fact that the buck licked the flow of pus as it fell from his head. Nasty stuff, but it also goes to show that these animals are tough as nails. Hopefully, by popping this growth, it will help this buck to survive his injury and live to fight another day.