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Thursday, March 12, 2009
That's Some Hangnail !
I was wandering along on my afternoon walk today not expecting much of interest (always a poor attitude) when I glanced at an oddly shaped object on the ground. It looked like a small horn.
I picked it up and discovered that it is half of a small deer hoof, broken completely off. Ouch! (Gross out warning) There is a small bit of tissue inside the hollow space, so it must have been painful for the deer to have this break. I would assume that it was cracked and injured earlier in the winter, and just finally broke off completely quite recently.
I am also confident that the hoof will regrow, but I know that when I lose a toenail it takes months to get it back. I'll try to watch for deer tracks with a one-toed deer!
See Deer Buffet
See Where the Deer Rest
See The Local Deer Herd