The other day, we showed you a story from up in Canada were a friendly young buck (affectionally named Carrot) wound up with a crossbow bolt through his head. The bolt didn’t seem to affect him, but of course still poses a serious risk to Carrot, and removing it would’ve been extremely difficult.
However, over the weekend, members of the Ministry of Natural Resources showed up to help out Carrot and were successfully able to remove the bolt from his head. It was touch and go for while, but Carrot pulled through.
“Carrot had been darted again and the bolt was removed. It wasn’t anything I expected so I ran out the door with no socks, wet hair and my husband in search for Carrot. We found him in a backyard with the MNR trying desperately to revive him. They decided to dart him again and remove the bolt. It pulled out relatively easy. He was injected with antibiotics and his ears were tagged. (The MNR does not want the public to eat this deer as he is full of chemicals). However, those tags will serve to make him recognizable and protect him if he makes it through this ordeal.
They don’t fair well with stress and, Carrot was under a lot of stress. Things didn’t go as easily as we would have all liked but, the team from the Ministry of Natural Resources made a valiant effort to help Carrot. There were several times when things were not looking good for Carrot and we almost lost him, but they didn’t give up. Over the course of nearly 8 hours, they stayed with him, even when their legs went numb. and held his head up so he could breathe.”
Hello to everyone around the world. I first need to correct an error I made yesterday. The MNR did not cut Carrot's bolt. None of us know what happened that caused the top part of the bolt to be sheared so closlely to his skull.As soon as I updated you all yesterday, I received a message that Carrot had been darted again and the bolt was removed. It wasn't anything I expected so I ran out the door with no socks, wet hair and my husband in search for Carrot. We found him in a backyard with the MNR trying desperately to revive him. They decided to dart him again and remove the bolt. It pulled out relatively easy. He was injected with antibiotics and his ears were tagged. (The MNR does not want the public to eat this deer as he is full of chemicals). However, those tags will serve to make him recognizable and protect him if he makes it through this ordeal.As mentioned yesterday, capture myopathy is lethal for deer. They don't respond well to tranquilizers and stress. I am not going to describe how Carrot was handled in order to try to stimulate him. It may be disturbing for some but I will say for 6 hours, he didn't get up. It actually got so bad that my husband Alex said his goodbyes and I removed him from the scene to secure his own suffering. After I dropped Alex off, I immediately went back and I am not privy to what, if anything, was given to Carrot as a reversal drug. However, I was stunned to see him up on his feet while 4 people had a hold of him and continued to walk him in circles trying to wear off the effects of the drugs. Carrot was very groggy and struggling but the team kept up with him. I posted a bit of the video here and I will post one of him on his feet later. I was able to speak with Carrot and there is no question he knew who I was. He responded to me like the giving tree he is. No matter what he goes through, no matter what we do to him, he still loves.He licked my familiar hands and I felt his remembrance race through my glad, glad heart. I am almost certain I drove the team crazy talking to Carrot, but I was trying to give him something to hold onto that he trusted; something to call him back home. I would say his name and he would stop walking and turn his eyes to me. How desperatley I wanted to to climb back into the past and take him with me.I had a potato in my pocket (funny, that was the name of the buck who took him in as an orphan) and thought he might be incentivised. I gave it to John, Carrot took immediate interest. There was no question he was hungry. Within moments the team backed away and, Carrot was standing on his own. Not well, but he was standing. He wandered down a trail and went down again. It was at that point I was assured I would receive a call if I left. I did. I knew the faces of the trees were more important than mine to Carrot in that moment.John called me sometime later and told me they left Carrot. He had a bale of hay to help him with the cold given his condition. I didn't sleep. By 4 o'clock I could no longer avoid the calling in my heart. I got dressed and went alone to go find my friend. I jumped into my cold car and turned on the radio looking for a sign in song. I had never heard what was playing before but it seemed to be called 'Before You Go'. It was then I let my myself fall apart and begged the universe to put him together.I walked to where we last were under his cathedral of white pines. I thought I saw his silhouette and called to him. "Carrot, Carrot, is that you"? He stood. I had to get a little closer to make sure it was him. It was.. I had a couple of more potaoes. We shared the most ancient symbol of friendship, the offering of food. We knew each other. Still. It was in that moment I realized we weren't saving him. He was saving us. Warsan Shire once wrote:later that nighti held an atlas in my lapran my fingers across the whole worldand whisperedwhere does it hurt?it answeredeverywhereeverywhereeverywhere.Carrot is making it better. I just got a call from John that Carrot was seen headed here. I leave you for now. The next couple of days are vital to Carrot. Again, capture myopathy is a real peril. Deer can die suddenly a day later even though they've stood for a day. Please keep your lovelight on.Until we meet again, remember what he is teaching us. His pereseverance, his acceptance and his forgiveness is something we all need more of. Stay safe. Talke care of each other wherever you are.
After going missing for two days, it didn’t look good for Carrot…
But thankfully, he has been found again, doing better than ever.
“I last saw him 2 days ago and he wasn’t doing well. I have been searching for him ever since. Today, I found him and I can say he he going to be fine. He licked me for a whole 2 minutes. I was too happy to film. He is home again.”
Hi everybody. I hadn't been able to find Carrot in 2 days. The last time I saw him he wasn't doing well and I could not report to you that he was going to make it. I spent another morning painfully searching everywhere. I was forlorn and heavy and driving back home. Then this happened.(Please forgive my joy).