Dad and I found it here in the Gleneagles wood near my house. It has green mould on the jaws and antlers, and I cleaned the skull up with biological washing powder and hydrogen peroxide. For the antlers I used wet kitchen wipes to wipe off the green, then left it in the sun.
When the antler is fully grown, the antler is hard and velvet starts to fall off, like this:
There was one front incisor missing, but they are easy to lose and look like pine needles.
So really the things that make this skull not 'perfect' make it easier to understand how it lived its life. You can tell from the teeth that it lived a long life, because the teeth were worn flat and the cracks had fused. You can tell it probably didn't have long to live anyway, because deer die of malnutrition when the teeth wear down to the gum line. And you can see if was probably starting to be malnourished because of the way the antlers grew.
This roe deer in the Pheasant Woods has similar antlers but looks quite healthy for now.
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