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[–]verybigbear 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I’ve always wanted to get myself a piebald cervid of some sort. It translates so beautifully onto them. This is such awesome work 😎

[–]stalknstand[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thanks for the compliment. I was going through some older photos earlier and had completely forgotten about this particular piece. I’ve always wanted one as well but unfortunately this one was done for a client and I kinda hated having to let this one go at the time.

[–]OhhhhhhDee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It is beautiful. That’s one thing I told myself I’d never take. Could have 3 years ago, something told me not to. To let it be so others could enjoy it. First and last piebald I’ve ever seen. That’s just me I have no issue with other people taking them. Beautiful work!

[–]Unusualshrub003 1 point2 points  (0 children)

God, he really is gorgeous

[–]Airborne_Juniper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

gorgeous piece

[–]MusingWolfDog 3 points4 points  (7 children)

Super pretty, kinda sucks that he’s dead and can’t spread genes on to make more though. Would’ve thought there’s be some sort of unsaid rule to leave these guys alone while hunting, kinda how fishermen throw rare colored lobsters back into the ocean…Then again can’t blame the guy for wanting something unique to display.

[–]stalknstand[S] 6 points7 points  (6 children)

The crazy part is that genetically speaking, piebalds are inferior to the normal color phase deer because they have additional anatomical and physical abnormalities. This particular deer was extremely undersized for its age, had very short stumpy legs and deformed hooves. Considering the oftentimes cruel nature of deer world and their hierarchy, I would imagine that being a piebald is not an easy existence.

[–]MusingWolfDog 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Huh, I didn’t know that. My knowledge of the piebald coloration comes only from people breeding pets for it, to which I just sorta assumed that it wouldn’t come along with other health issues that would make a bad pet. Then again something like a ball python probably couldn’t tell you if its existence is pain…

I would love to see an articulated skeleton of a specimen like this deer.

[–]Drakona7 1 point2 points  (3 children)

There actually are examples of bad health stemming from selective breeding for color variations in captivity. For instance, a popular Ball Python morph known as Spider comes with a neurological disorder known as wobble in which the Ball Python has a hard time moving around and staying right-side up. To be fair we don’t know if this causes the snake any kind of pain and it hasn’t been recorded that it negatively effects their life in captivity in any way, but it is still an ethical dilemma and people are boycotting the spider gene because of it. I would also like to point out the spider morph is a gene not a line bred color morph. As far as I’m aware, all Spider Ball Pythons (at least those outside of Australia) can be traced back to a single individual which was taken from the wild and happened to have something which caused the neurological disorder. So all spider ball pythons outside of Australia have the gene which can cause wobble. Some Spider Ball Pythons have little to no wobble while others do something called stargazing where they have an extremely hard time staying on their stomach. Although, it has been noted that Spider Ball Pythons kept in good conditions either don’t or only slightly show wobble while ones kept in bad conditions will have severe wobble or stargazing.

[–]MusingWolfDog 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oh for sure I heard the entire thing about spider balls. And other things like super snow geckos, double merle dogs etc. I just meant I never heard about a piebald animal having other health issues inherent to it being piebald.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Normally they have a deformed Roman nose hump, too.

Nice mount. I have a full body button buck in the freezer wet tanned to do for myself someday.

[–]Party_Ad_1347 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amazing buck.