Welcome back to Wesleyan: The place of the severed deer heads. Thanks to two anonymous tipsters and Ariane Turley ’15, it was verified that there was yet another deer head in the Exley area yesterday night. Where do they keep coming from!? What does it mean?
This deer head was in the crosswalk outside Exley on Church St in the same place the deer head from two years ago was in. And it was possibly a taxidermic head as well (the most recent deer head was not taxidermic). Though it’s not uncommon for deer hunters to dispose of carcasses inappropriately (in Wesleyan parking lots), the recurring taxidermic deer head on a stop sign just seems like a weird prank.
Ariane Turley ’15 answered some questions about the deer head:
What did you see?
I was walking home from Olin around 10 PM and in the crosswalk [between Exley and Olin] I saw a girl standing in the middle of the street taking photos of the stop sign, and I was like, ‘what is this girl doing, why is she just standing in the middle of the crosswalk?’ And then I crossed the street and I realized that she was taking photos of a deer head on the stop sign. And that was that.
“I saw some deer on Indian Hill recently. They were cute…and had their heads on.” —Laura Werle ’15
Here’s some weird news for you late night workers: This time yesterday, a deer head (no body) was spotted in the parking lot behind Exley. This isn’t the first time a deer head was spotted around Exley. In fact, on December 5, 2012, EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO (!!!!??) a deer head was found at the bottom of the stop sign outside of Exley.
The 2012 deer head, however, was taxidermic (the origins weren’t found), whereas this one was apparently fresh. We don’t have any pictures (thank goodness…I’d forgotten how cute deer are until I googled the image above), but it really did happen!
Jed Siebert ’16, who witnessed the deer head, explains the scene:
Fear not, Wesleyan. The deer head that appeared on the Church Street stop sign (in between Exley and Clark) two nights ago is taxidermic and not a “fresh deer head.” The origins of the stuffed deer are still unknown. It is currently in the possession of the Middletown Police, after being put into a doggie bag “like leftover brisket.”
P-Safe Director Dave Meyer tells it like it is: “It appears to have been a stuffed deer head. Someone put it on the stop sign in the middle of the street. The cops were alerted and picked it up. I don’t really know much about it.”
“All I can tell you is that the deer head is not real,” a different P-Safe officer told me over the phone. “Since it was on a stop sign in the middle of the street, the deer head is now in possession of the Middletown Police.” Whether a taxidermied deer qualifies as “real” or “not real” is up to you.
The appearance of the deer head (let’s call it Bambi) has resulted in a large amount of traffic for Wesleying—over 2,000 hits in less than 12 hours. Like other Wesleyan students, I feel that the only thing I can really say in a bizarre situation like this is keep Wes weird.