Stag was scared! The deer crashes into the side of the car after locking the opponent when rutting season peaks at Richmond Park
- Two flags were discovered locking antlers for a fight in Richmond Park, west London
- Sensing defeat, one of the deer ran away before crashing into the side of the car
- It is currently the mating season for deer and people are warned to stay 50 meters away
This is the moment a wild deer crashes into the side of the car after fleeing a fight with a competing hart.
The zebra deer were slightly swept away when they locked up antlers for a showdown at Richmond Park in London last Wednesday.
Video filmed by a pedestrian shows the flags, just a few meters away, coming together as many times as they try to assert their dominance.
Completely unaware of their surroundings, the animals brought their battle closer and closer to a street where onlookers had gathered to watch the pair.
The stronger male inflicts a series of blows on his weaker opponent, who must move backwards.
Feeling defeat, the deer decides to run away, but it runs straight into the road and crashes into the side of the car.
Lander Esparza Zudaire recorded footage in the park last week when he was walking.
The zebra deer pair were slightly swept away as they locked up antlers for a showdown in London’s Richmond Park last Wednesday.
Video filmed by a pedestrian shows the flags, only meters apart, come together as many times as they try to assert their dominance.
‘I think I was safe to keep enough distance … but obviously I was wrong,’ he wrote on social media.
Lander said the deer crashed into the car that seemed ‘isolated from its surroundings, focused solely on combat’ and ignored the vehicle.
Autumn is the rutting season or the breeding season for 1,000 free-standing deer living in Richmond-upon-Thames Royal Park.
Sensing defeat, one of the deer decides to run away, but its path is blocked as it runs straight into the road and crashes into the side of a car.
During the period from September to November, known as the ‘vacation’, the dominant males compete to mate with the female by roaring at their opponents.
This can lead to a confrontation between two males, the males can then lock their horns in a fight for mates.
The Royal Park has warned everyone that these animals are not ‘Disney creatures’ and recommends that you keep a safe distance of about 50 yards.
How to keep safe around cracks during rutting season
The giraffes that roam freely in Richmond Park as well as Bushy Park on the other side of the River Thames are wild and possibly unpredictable.
Spectators and hikers need to be especially careful during both rutting / mating season (September-November) and the breeding season (May-July).
The Royal Park advises people to always keep at least 50 meters away from the deer and do not attempt to touch, feed, or photograph them at a close distance.
Dog walkers are warned that deer can feel threatened by dogs even at a distance when they are not in a provocative behavior.
Rangers recommend keeping guide dogs and avoiding areas where deer tend to congregate.
If a deer lunges at you, walkers should leave their dog in the lead, so the dog can run away from danger.
You should try to put a vehicle or a ‘substantial barrier’ like a tree between you and the deer.
If you spot a deer approaching you, don’t shout or wave at it. Move back slowly if possible, the deer may be pleased that you have left its personal area.