Sad Progression

I took this picture of a whitetail doe next to the house, a little over a year ago. At that time, I thought the bulge on the right side of her face, was her cud.

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Over the months I've seen her several times, and finally realized that this was either an abscess or tumor. Now what I believe is a tumor has spread along her lower jaw, up to under her eye. When I saw her a month or so ago at the deer block, she was flicking her tongue out and around, showing perhaps some discomfort, which I haven't seen again. It's very difficult to see this progress, but there is little I can do. She has survived for a year this way; no way to know how long she'll continue. The weather is in her favor, we've had very little snow so far.

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