For the first time, a deer has been spotted munching on human remains.
Forensic scientists studying human decompositions in the wild spotted the animal eating a human rib.
It usually is an herbivore, preferring readily available plants like twigs and fruits.
However, it will occasionally eat cow’s meat and chew on bones. It also eats fish, dead rabbits, and live birds.
It was captured using a motion-sensitive camera in a 26-acre facility in San Marcos, Texas. Researchers left human cadavers in July 2014 to observe the process of decay and decomposition.
Vultures already stripped off the soft tissues of the remains.
Six months later, a young white-tailed deer went into the area to eat one of the ribs “extending from the side of the mouth like a cigar.”
Eight days later, another deer, assumed the same one, again ate another rib.
In a study published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, it highlighted that Ungulates will eat human flesh, if it’s available.
Researcher Lauren Meckel said this is the first brief report about the case of a deer scavenging a human bone.
A human bone is a good source of essential minerals for a dear that was otherwise struggling to find nutritious food, a report suggests.