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Deer Suffering From CWD Attempts Bizarre Backflip

If you've watched outdoor television, YouTube hunting videos, or hunted a lot on your own, chances are you've seen tons of whitetail deer expire. However, this buck might've done one of the craziest things you'll ever see: a deer backflip.

When we take a bow shot at a deer, we all hope to watch it fall from our seats on the stand. This monster buck does that and a little bit more. With his last breath, the buck skyrockets like a spaceship and flips directly on its back. You couldn't have placed it better on its rack if you had tried.

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This deer is an absolute giant. Videos always have more wow value when they include a deer of that size. This is a lousy deer backflip, and the buck is down for the count.

There's a sad addendum to this story, however. The video's owner confirmed the behavior is a sign of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an infectious neurological disease that results in abnormal behavior and eventual death. CWD is such a problem that some states employ disease-sniffing dogs to find sick deer.

"A deer with chronic wasting disease (CWD)," Joy Channel said in the video's caption. "Chronic wasting disease, aka Zombie Deer Disease, is a fatal neurological illness that affects members of the deer family. The most obvious sign of CWD is progressive weight loss. Numerous behavioral changes also have been reported, including decreased social interaction, loss of awareness, and loss of fear of humans."

Still, it's a unique moment. Luckily, the camera was rolling, so his hunting buddies won't think he was lying about seeing a deer backflip. And it's worth sharing to spread awareness of how awful CWD can be.

This article was originally published on September 29, 2021.