A whitetail buck living in northern Ontario had been shot with a black arrow impaling his head one week ago. Named Carrot by a homeowner in Kenora, the friendly deer however seemed unaffected by the arrow. For the past three years he had been visiting Lee-Anne Carver, her husband and others after he was orphaned when he was young; something reminding many of an annual Christmas gift visit from the forest.
On that visit, Lee-Ann was shocked and devastated to see an arrow through Carrot’s head poking out from the other side.
“Carrot is an extraordinary and friendly deer in Canada who has garnered global compassion because he has an arrow through his head,” Lee-Anne posted on Facebook.
Officials from Ontario Natural Resources arrived and through two risky procedures darted him with a tranquilizer and removed the bolt. He was then injected with antibiotics and his ears tagged to make him recognizable and hopefully protect him from hunters.
For the next eight hours rescuers stayed by Carrot, walked him around to wear off any traces of tranquilizer drugs and hoped for the best.
And then Carrot seemed to disappear. For two days, there had been no sightings of the friendly reindeer; that is until Monday afternoon:
“… The last time I saw him he wasn’t doing well and I could not report to you that he was going to make it. I spent another morning painfully searching everywhere. I was forlorn and heavy and driving back home. Then this happened.(Please forgive my joy).”
“He truly is a Christmas Miracle! I’m so happy the bolt was removed successfully! Thank you to all involved! He is so magical and handsome!”
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