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.


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.