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#1 Hum

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 22:13

A man playing cat and mouse with an angry, testosterone-fueled stag around the base of a tree in a London park finally escaped the attacking animal by climbing the tree, which had served as his only protection from the business end of those deadly antlers. Fortunately this ended well, so seeing video of the red deer chasing the man up a tree has a certain amusement factor.

Bushy Park in west London, where this incident occurred, is home to some 125 red deer, and it just happens to be mating season. Unfortunately for the unidentified man in the video, he got a bit too close as he came upon two stags about to fight, as they do during the rut.

One turned on the man, chasing him to a tree protected by a wooden fence. The animal and man danced around the tree with the animal in full attack mode, prompting the man to plea, "I need some help here!", according to MailOnline.

Passer-by Lisa Acremom captured the moment on her mobile phone and shared the story.

Lisa, speaking to The Guardian, said: 'There were two stags parallel going to have a fight and all of a sudden a man has got too close and was chased by a stag, who was hopped up for rutting season.

'He was just walking along the path and stopped as he thought the stag was going to cross and it took its choice and went after the bloke instead of the other stag.'

Eventually the bearded man clambers up the rickety fence and into the tree to escape his bellowing tormentor.

'Nobody could get close to the bloke to help so when he went up the tree I dialled 101 and phoned the police,' Lisa added.

With nothing to chase after its prey disappeared into the leaves, the deer moved on and police eventually helped the relieved man out of the tree.

According to the report, warning signs are posted throughout the park, instructing visitors to keep their distance from deer, particularly during mating season.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:36

He got what he deserved. You don't mess with a horny male.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:23

^Speaking from experience there Growled? :D But yes had this fool heeded the warning signs then it is very possible that he would not ended up in this situation!

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:28

Looks like he's wearing a white ski mask to me. :s Just asking for it.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:41

You have to be very careful of any kind of deer - they are definitely not Bambi by any stretch. They are wild, and often aggressive, animals which are extremely strong - even the small & young ones.

About 20 years ago a few of us were out small game hunting and heard screams in a swampy area. When we finally got to the scene we found two other hunters, one of which had been fatally gored by what the other guy described as a 300+ lb Whitetail buck. It was during their rut (mating season) so the bucks are aggressive and have formidable atlers.

A few years later my best friend had his thigh torn open by, of all things, an antlerd doe (female) which weighed no more than 100 lbs soaking wet. 40+ stitches worth. Yes, antlerd female Whitetails happen.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 23:14

^Speaking from experience there Growled? :D


I have been known to get a little out of control when I get that way. :laugh: