Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Ipswich: Muntjac deer found dead in Chantry Park

06:00 20 December 2012

Chantry Park, Ipswich

Chantry Park, Ipswich

Archant

MYSTERY surrounds the discovery of a dead deer found in Chantry Park with only its head intact.

shares

The Ipswich Star has decided not to publish the picture, sent in by a reader, due to its graphic nature.

But the photograph revealed only the head, of what is believed to be a female muntjac, remaining – with its legs and body skin missing.

“It just looks too strange to have been killed by any other animal,” said first-year horticulture student Olly Weston, who sent in the picture.

The 18-year-old is studying at Suffolk New College and works at Chantry Park as part of his course.

“I saw loads of crows, walked over and was shocked at what I saw. I couldn’t believe it.

“It had been perfectly skinned. Its legs were missing and it just had its head and ribs remaining. It was very weird.”

When Olly walked back home at around 3pm he discovered it was gone.

“I couldn’t see any drag marks in the grass,” he added. “I don’t know what happened to it or where it went. It’s a mystery.”

But according to one deer expert, it could have been killed and left there by a human.

Dave Goffin, of the British Deer Society, said: “Doubtless other animals may have been at the remains but I am led to the conclusion that it was placed in the area by a human after it had been dealt with at another location. Why anybody should wish to deposit a carcass in a public place in this manner is anybody’s guess.

“I am curious that the head remains intact and appears to be in reasonable condition. Often if the remains had been predated upon, part of the head would show signs of this activity and the eye appears intact.

“Most striking is the total lack of debris in the form of hair, skin, internal digestive organs, or associated bones – particularly those of legs. They would normally be found nearby.”

Professor Stephen Harris, a mammal expert at Bristol University, added: “It could have been hit by a car before other animals took advantage of the carcass.

“Foxes chew the ribs for bone marrow, and next come scavenging birds such as corvids and buzzards.

“As the body decomposes, birds and mammals use hairs as nesting material. When the bones are clean, they are chewed for calcium by rodents, deer and rabbits.”

shares

2 comments

  • Someones having venison for christmas dinner. ;-)

    Report this comment

    kevinwj

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • "Nature, red in tooth and claw".

    Report this comment

    Steve Blake

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Luke, Nicki and Alicia Durbin

For 10 long years Nicki Durbin has fought relentlessly of trying to find out what happened to her son Luke who went missing after a night out in Ipswich.

Cannabis factory charges

Two men from north Essex have been charged after police found a large cannabis factory at an industrial unit in Suffolk.

Two fire crews have tackled a blaze involving a container full of rubbish.

Two fire crews have tackled a blaze in a shipping container at a site in Henley Road, Ipswich.

Benefit cheat in court

An Ipswich benefit cheat has been spared prison after she fiddled more than £15,000 in false claims over 29 months.

Dancers preparing for Inspire Suffolk's Strictly event.

Inspire Suffolk has teamed up with Ipswich School of Dancing to train 10 local amateur dancers in preparation for a Strictly Come Dancing-style fundraising event in July.

The Mendlesham Street Fair in full swing.

Fun, laughter and a sense of community were the order of the day at the annual Mendlesham Community Council Street Fayre.

Two teenagers have been arrested following the death of a 14 year old boy after an incident at an address in Thurston.

Friends of a 13-year-old schoolboy from Thurston who died after being shot with an air rifle have paid tribute.

Runners of all ages got together in Bank Holiday Monday for the Felixstowe fun run.

Hundreds of eager runners gathered along the Felixstowe seafront this morning in their best fancy dress for the annual Rotary Club of Felixstowe Fun Run.

Celebrations at Holbrook academy after funding has been granted for new roof 
Nat Reid, loïs graham Iain Bramhill of ingleton wood, Simon Letman head teacher South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge,  Howard Sheldon Ingelton Wood, sydnee Nicholas, Maddie holland. 
Nathan Waller, zander Simpson alek pawlewski, Marcus Jones.

Fourteen schools and academies across Suffolk are celebrating receiving a sizeable funding boost from the government for urgent repairs.

Drink-drivers in court

A two-time drink-driver who crashed into the rear of another car while more than twice the limit has lost his licence.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24