Vampire deer, really? Kenison Taxidermy makes fun find

Kenison Taxidermy of rural Monroe City announces find of fanged whitetail deer, a sight that has not been so uncommon for the local taxidermist.

Vampire deer, really?  Kyle Kenison of Kenison Taxidermy says, “Yes!”  Over the last ten years Kenison has seen maybe four or five.  “The recessive ancestorial gene comes from ancient times.”  There are deer still to this day located in China, that have tusks and no antlers.  This species is the Chinese Water Deer or Vampire Deer, they grow fangs rather than antlers. The “Vampire Deer” are found across Europe, the fangs earning them the nickname. Aside from the tusks, the water deer are harmless.  The fun part is this gene is recessive and often shows up in the whitetail deer herd in this neck of the woods.

Sounds like a scary horror show. Vampire deer among us… While the Vampire deer of Asia don’t suck blood, they use their tusk to fight other bucks, much like the whitetail use their antlers to secure dominance among the herd.  In whitetail, these fangs are mainly only seen when a skull has been cleaned for a European mount.