I bought this rad little buck with the intention of painting him but check out that huge hole in his head right above his shed antler!
Looks almost like a healed bullet hole but I can’t imagine how he could have survived something like that right in his brain case (no sign of an exit wound either) so I figure it might have been an injury from a fight with another buck or possibly an abscess. Either way, it was well on its way to healing when he died.
Tough critter! And now I can’t paint it so I’ll just add him to my collection of pathological skulls, haha.