Boys being Boys and making a Noise

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Yesterday’s peaceful blog in Calke Gardens ended in a noisy display in the Deer Park….

It all started with the young Red Deer Stag scenting another Stag.  A sniff in the air then head back and a bellow.  The bellow is known as Bolving.

Yes, there was another Stag nearby, so it was off to see who the intruder into his space was….

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It is the start of the Rutting Season so there could be fireworks.  At the start of the Rut the Red Deer Stags seek to establish a hierarchy in the heard.

Compared with others Stag we have seen in the heard, these two are not the biggest.  Both are young with the one on the left, probably, a season older than the younger show-off.

Now it was time for a wrestling match with their Antlers.  With the fully mature Stags in can be dangerous, damage can sometimes be fatal.

But on this afternoon, I sure that there was a degree of tolerance from the slightly older Stag.  They did ‘lock horns’, there was a good deal of pushing and shuffling, circling for the higher ground.

Having witnessed a Rutting fight, I can say that although they were ‘locking horns’ this was a cautious introduction for the young stags, an introduction of what might happen in future seasons…. Let’s say a learning lesson from a slightly older Stag for a young buck.  In future the outcome may not be as good.

As a P.S. It was a day when for once I didn’t have my longer lens with me…..  Yep, Sods Law.

For the Deer it was a safe ending to the lesson, so will you……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

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