Red Deer Stag Gores A Younger Stag In Brutal Fight To The Death

The rut takes no prisoners.

At this time of year red deer are looking for their mate which means they are a lot more nervous and aggressive than usual and things can quickly get ugly if they feel another male is a potential threat to them or theirs Partner could represent future mate.

And when I say ugly, things can get deadly.

Exhibition A…

Rafik Lapinski, a Polish photographer, was out hunting in the forest when he came across a deadly fight between two red deer.

It appears that Lapinski started filming at the back end of the fight and once he zoomed in it’s easy to see that one of the deer had already finished off his opponent and he was either already dead or would soon be put on his side, while the other deer finished him off.

Towards the end you can even see the younger stag’s tongue hanging out of its mouth, most likely the sacrifice of antlers on the vital organs.

The video footage and images are just further evidence of how brutal these creatures can be, especially during the rut when other male deer pose a much greater threat than normal.

All of this boosted testosterone… and that’s the bottom line.

Lapinski was also able to capture some wild pictures, including one where you can see one of the red deer chasing the other, with a brutal stab wound to his side. Red Deer Stag Gores A Younger Stag In Brutal Fight To The Death

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