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DEVELOPMENTAL ocular abnormalities are rarely reported in domesticated or wild deer populations. Anophthalmia and microphthalmia have previously been reported in wild populations of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in North America (Fulton and others 1977) and severe ocular abnormalities have been seen in a Belgian red deer (Cervus elaphus) calf (Sepulchre-de Bie and others 1986).
In August 2008, the carcase of a 40 kg male red deer calf was examined at AHVLA – Thirsk. In August 2009, the carcase of a two-month-old female red deer calf from the same herd was also submitted. Gross pathology was limited to the eyes and was similar in each case, with anteroposterior …