I’m told that this is “normal,” but I’ve compared this guy to several other deer around here, and he looks absolutely terrible to me. He’s flea-bitten, plagued by houseflies and looks like he has a case of the mange. Every few steps, he’d stop to scratch an itch with his long, spindly legs, and all I could picture was him being taken down by wolves because he couldn’t run without stopping to scratch an itch.
I was itching to go out and put some Comfortis or Frontline on him (flea and tick repellants). Doubt he’d let me get that close, nevermind that I’ve no idea if they’re safe for deer.