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Croissants and Rice Krispies: Popular deer euthanized after being fed by tourists

Croissants and Rice Krispies: Popular deer euthanized after being fed by tourists

A Scottish deer, well-known and particularly popular with tourists to the Highlands, had to be euthanized after suffering health problems and losing teeth due to poor food fed by visitors.

“His life exemplifies the importance of respecting our natural world in the Highlands and not feeding deer that cannot naturally graze,” lamented Highland historian Andrew Grant Mackenzie on Monday.

Callum, a red deer who roamed the foothills of the Payne Eke mountains in Dorriton, Scotland, regularly posing for photos and approaching people, is a ‘local legend’, says historian. of tourists.

Croissants, Rice Krispies, Cereal Bars: Sadly, the deer has lost most of its teeth and is now struggling to feed itself due to being fed unsuitable food by hikers, according to British media.

According to a vet’s assessment, Calum’s condition deteriorated and he suffered pain and discomfort due to “poor body condition, poor coat condition and arthritis”, The Independent reported.

Faced with the situation, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) would have taken the decision to euthanize her to end her suffering.

“We regret to say that we are following the advice of expert vet Callum Mann […] The spokesperson said that they should be killed humanely. As a conservation charity, we take our animal welfare responsibilities seriously and this is the best option.

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