The Phoenix

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Reindeer Games...On Cam!

How do you learn more about what deer do behind the bushes? Why, you stick a head-mounted camera on their heads! University of Missouri researcher Josh Millspaugh placed wireless cameras on 3 white-tailed deers and collected over 200 hours of footage.

“Until now we have had to use remote techniques such as radio transmitters or Global Positioning System collars to study wildlife behavior,'' Millspaugh said.

Things they have observed when going through the footage was what the deer ate, where and when they slept, how they fought, and most importantly how they interacted with each other. The amount of actual deer interaction surprised researchers.

“There was almost constant interaction -- mouth-to-mouth interaction, grooming,'' Millspaugh said. “When we talk about issues such as disease transmission, boy, it's sure useful to know how much in contact they are with one another.''

The National Science Foundation is impressed with Millspaugh's work and is providing a $1 million grant for additional deercam studies. Other areas they want to study is how to best manage the deer population and how the behavior of deer affects the numerous vehicle accidents they are involved with in Missouri.

I managed to get some stills taken from the deer cam footage, and I have to say, it is pretty interesting stuff...
Wow, the forest is so beautiful in the Autumn.

"Don't shoot me! There's a plump, delicious rabbit here instead."

"Look here, Bob. We caught us a BIG one!"

This guy is the most inept hunter in the world.

"Can you hand me my Buckmasters magazine?"


Blogger HW said...

Oh, these are awesome. You made me giggle ;)

11/15/2005 11:11 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Keeping it 'real' with our homies from the woods - fabulous!

11/15/2005 11:37 AM  
Blogger puremood said...

Ha, the pics are funny... it is neat tho that so much info can be obtained from placing a cam on an animal...

11/15/2005 11:49 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

Too funny, Phoenix! I'm greatly relieved that it was a head cam...

11/15/2005 12:21 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Yes, it's kind of neat ... but they are talking about funding this at ONE MILLION DOLLARS! This reminds me of those old reports of government studies of turnips.

Couldn't the people's hard-earned tax money be put to a better use than this? Perhaps, for example, to the Phoenix/Amulet Humorous Blog Fund?

-- david

11/15/2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

A lot of info. can definitely be found from these deercams, but do we really need to so POV deer sex?

I think they could do much more important things with that $1MM as David says.

Or maybe put little cams on toads - the ones in Germany that were exploding spontaneously. Now THAT is science, my friends.

11/15/2005 4:11 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

LOL! Exploding toads. I love the picture of the deer and their "Trophy".

11/15/2005 5:03 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

I'm thinking there are probably more interesting animals to fit with a head cam. I'm thinking...Tazmanian Devils!

11/15/2005 6:00 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

How about the Brad Pitt headcam? After all, there are couple of things he's munched in the past few years that would be more fun to see than deer communes.

-- david

11/15/2005 9:06 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

LOL so funny those pics!

And indeed the woods look awesome and that cute rabbit in the bushes...and reindeer driving with the!


11/15/2005 9:06 PM  
Blogger R. Edmondson said...

I like the deer photos, they are very funny :)


11/15/2005 9:35 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Ahahah! That's quite precious really.

I was gonna try to be funny and say we should do frog cams, but looks like you already beat me to it.

11/15/2005 10:02 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Hey, I think that $1Mil is well spent. It was keeping me up at night, wondering what those wily deer were up to.

11/16/2005 1:14 AM  
Blogger Kid Jacque said...

I'll be thinking of this when I eat my next piece of venison jerky...

he he he

11/16/2005 9:02 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

hahaha... thanks for the laughs!

I'm w/David - Brad cam!

11/16/2005 10:06 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Brad cam? That does sound interesting. Maybe we can see just how much dope he actually does smoke.

11/16/2005 11:53 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

I had hoped that by reading everyone's comments I would be able to figure out if those photos are real or a joke... I still am not sure!

love meagan

p.s. I just noticed you created a beautiful poppy isabella button in your sidebar! Thanks, I'm honored!

11/16/2005 5:16 PM  
Blogger Morris said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!


11/16/2005 8:20 PM  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

Just curious...where else would you put a head mounted camera, except on their head????

11/16/2005 10:48 PM  
Blogger cube said...

The one photo of the deer peeking out of the door reminds me of the recent news story of the guy who found a deer in his bedroom & he killed it with his bare hands. Do you suppose this was THAT deer?

11/17/2005 8:54 AM  
Blogger Anhoni Patel said...

hehehe. Phoenix, the next thing you know, there will be a web site full of XXX deer porn. Ew.

11/17/2005 10:11 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Yeah, I read about the guy who killed a buck with his bare hands. I think they said the deer was inside the daughter's bedroom. Amazing what one will do to protect their child.

Deer porn? Yuck.

11/17/2005 2:05 PM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

Too funny. Love the deer cam stills.

11/17/2005 3:29 PM  
Blogger Kid Jacque said...

I like the changes...

11/19/2005 11:29 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

LOL -- That was a REALLY good post ha ha. I especially enjoyed the last picture "Can you pass me my Buckmasters magazine?" or whatever it was - Classic!

11/21/2005 7:15 PM  

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