A deer hunted in Utah rose to fame — or rather, his rib cage has — after an image of his ribs was uploaded to Facebook by the Utah Conservation Officers Association. While you might not notice it at first, this deer apparently lived for quite some time with an arrowhead stuck in his gut.
According to the Facebook post, the shot wasn’t fatal and the arrow broke off, but “the deer’s body used the arrow as a splint and the bone grew around the shaft.”
The image has gone viral with over 41,000 shares.
While the image did not identify whether the deer was finally brought down by another arrow or a bullet, we have to assume that it had to be something pretty powerful to kill this tough guy. From the appearance of the rib cage, it looks like the animal was dressed a while ago.
The successful hunter even took the time to frame this miracle of nature.
Deer hunting is big business in the Beehive State, where more than 55,000 hunters flooded the Utah wilderness in search of a prized trophy buck or doe each year.
This post was originally republished on February 23, 2017. We’re bringing it back to emphasize the importance of ethical hunting and conservation. Also, how bizarre!