Deer aren’t always the most graceful of the woodland creatures out there. However, it seems like that doesn’t phase them much.
One deer was minding its business and exploring the Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan earlier this month. This state park is home to the second most voluminous waterfall in the Eastern U.S. During the peak of spring runoff, Tahquamenon Falls will have over 50,000 gallons of water pouring over the awe-worthy brink each second.
It is behind only Niagara Falls and its 50-foot drop and 200 feet width is truly a sight to see. The state park itself encompasses about 50,000 acres and stretches over 13 miles.
Animal Falls Off Massive Waterfall
A local deer seemed to agree with the sentiment that this was a sight to see. A video shows the deer confidently charging through the choppy water and coming to a stop at the top of the waterfall. Suddenly, the 50,000 gallons catch up to the creature and it loses its balance and topples over the edge.
The deer must then channel its inner cliff jumping alter ego. Given the height, most onlookers believed that the deer would not survive the fall. It remains underwater for a second before its adorable little head pops up on the surface of the water. It swims quickly to shore and darts into nearby woods.
These animals, as it turns out, can be quite relentless. Despite taking that massive fall, it was as if nothing had happened in the first place.
The video was shared on TikTok, where it currently has over 260,000 likes. People had plenty to say in the comments, although one user had some pretty sound advice for the deer.
“My advice to that deer: Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.”
Deer Exposure to COVID-19
Deer resilience can be seen recently in a lot of different ways.
Recently, the USDA has found that one-third of white-tailed deer that have been checked actually have antibodies for the COVID-19 virus.
According to ABC 7 Chicago, blood samples were acquired from animals in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise to scientists, seeing as deer come in very close contact with humans pretty frequently.
None of the deer were showing and signs of being ill or sick due to the virus. At this point in time, there has been no study to see if deer can spread or get rid of the virus. The USDA will soon partner with the CDC to determine the right course of action given this new information.
It all continues to raise questions on the overall transmission of the virus.