Whitetail Deer Consumes Human Flesh (Video)

Researchers at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Texas set up a trail camera over a decomposing human body.

What they found was extraordinary:

Researchers studying how scavengers consume human remains were astounded when they spotted a deer feasting on a body!

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A deer visits the human carcass to chew on a bone. @ LAUREN A. MECKEL/ACADEMIA via National Geographic

Having placed a body in a forested area, the researchers set up a camera system to capture any activity surrounding the remains.

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A deer found eating a human corpse looks up, a rib dangling from its mouth. @LAUREN A. MECKEL/ACADEMIA via National Geographic

On two separate occasions, different deer were photographed snacking on the remains, including a rather amusing image where a guilty-looking deer can be seen with a human rib sticking out of its mouth!

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An unexpected white-tailed deer eats human flesh. @LAUREN A. MECKEL/ACADEMIA via National Geographic

Study: White-tailed Deer as a Taphonomic Agent: Photographic Evidence of White-tailed Deer Gnawing on Human Bone

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