In Kenora, Ontario, Canada, it is common when seeing friendly deers on the streets. A wildlife photographer name Lee-Anne Carver who cares for deers has named some of them. 3 years ago, Carver saw a deer was being cared by a buck that she named Potato. “And he had this little fawn with him, this orphaned fawn, which bucks will often take orphaned fawns under their wing, and it was Carrot, or who would become Carrot.”- Carver said. She liked naming the deer after vegetables.
“He was exceptional, and he continues to come back”, Carver talking about Carrot the dear with love. “Carrot’s personality is so unique, he’s impossible to misidentify”.
On December 9, 2020, Carrot came back to town to visit people before Christmas Eve, especially Carver’s house. Carver’s husband went outside to see it and cried because Carrot was sнoт, a Carbon arrow still stay through his head. When Carrot walked over to Carver, she didn’t see any ʙʟooᴅ or sign of i̫n̫f̫e̫c̫t̫ion although he was in severe ɪɴᴊᴜʀʏ.
But this was a big problem: There was no large-animal vets in Kenora. Carver said: “The consensus is the bolt in the head, as disturbing as it is, may actually be preserving his life at this point. It appears to have cauterized the wound, sealed the arteries. Removal could cause severe i̫n̫f̫e̫c̫t̫ion or ｄｅａｔｈ from the b̫l̫e̫e̫d̫i̫n̫g̫”. She decided to leave the arrow in Carrot’s head to prevent severe i̫n̫f̫e̫c̫t̫ion and b̫l̫e̫e̫d̫i̫n̫g̫ till she could find a suitable vet as soon as possible.
Carver had a conversation to a Conservation Officer in British Colombia, Victoria. The officer note that the Carbon arrow could slide out once Carrot’s antler drop. Another problem they need to pay attention was Carrot still a wild animal inspite of the fact that Carrot is used to human, it could be dangerous to both Carrot and people who put arms into its antlers.
An owner of a local hunting store reminded Carver of the Carbon arrow, which could i̫n̫f̫e̫c̫t̫ the deer after it was splintered.
Afterwards, police officer and staff from Victoria’s ministry of natural resources arrived to find out the best solution to trim the arrow. The “operation” with detailed instruction by vets over 2,000km away via telephone has been success, the Carbon arrow was removed without any b̫l̫e̫e̫d̫i̫n̫g̫. Thousands of people from all over the world have been followed Carrot’s health updates on Facebook. After recovering, Carrot was not seen for couple days and this made everyone, including Carver, worried.
One day, when driving home at sunrise, Carver’s heart was filled with joy and happiness when she saw Carrot trotted across the road to lick her hands as a greeting and gratitude.
“I just can’t believe it. My heart is so filled with joy. He’s pulled so many of us through that maze of darkness and we’ve been made happy again. He really truly is the deer of year.” – Carver said.