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Stags fight for females so furiously that their antlers get locked and have to be sawn apart

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 October 2019

Lucky escape for two reindeer that could barely walk after hours of being trapped.

The stronger reindeer who started the fight had to loose part of its antlers in order to be released. Picture: The Siberian Times

Two helpless males were noticed lying uncomfortably on their backs in tundra of Nadymsky district at the Yamal peninsula. 

The healthy-looking animals got antlers locked while battling for females as mating season started several days ago. 

The stronger reindeer who started the fight had to loose part of its antlers in order to be released.

A short video clip shows the animals lying silently head to head as a man saws through their antlers. 

lucky escape as stags are released
Stags fight for females so furiously that their antlers get locked and have to be sawn apart. Picture: The Siberian Times


When freed, the reindeer try to jump up and run away, but collapse on the ground unable to walk after several motionless hours. 

Both animals were reported to be doing well after the rescue. 

Mating period for reindeer lasts from late September till early November. 

Males fight for access to females by locking antlers and trying to push each other away. 

The strongest male collects as many as 20 females.

Lucky escape for two reindeer that could barely walk after hours of being trapped


Comments (1)

what -males - will do and endure to impress the females. or is it just to impress the others?....
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
04/10/2019 12:34
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