Saw some weird deer behavior today. Some background:
About 10 days ago a doe was killed by a car on our street. Shortly afterward, I began seeing a lone fawn come onto my food plot. A few days later, she hooked up with a button buck and I see them together almost every time I am out.
Tonight when I was out, they both came in together as normal. After a few minutes, the fawn's tail started flailing all over. I mean really whipping around. Like you come back from a 2 week trip and pick your dog up from the kennel tail wag. Weird.
The tail never stopped, and the fawn starts heaving and puking over and over. The puke appeared to be clear and slimy (I didn't biopsy it, I was watching through the binos). She went on like this (a lot like a puking dog- wheeze wheeze wheeze puke) for at least 5 minutes, and was still wheezing when she walked off.
So - is this weird behavior indicative of some disease (tail wag retch syndrome? Is it common and not a problem? If the fawn is going to die, infect other deer, etc I'll mercy kill it. If it isn't a known set of symptoms for a disease, I'll let her go as she seems otherwise healthy and our recent winters have been mild.
Let me know if you've seen this before....