Deer fight goes viral after images of stags locked in battle emerge

The deer rutting in Sauerland forest, in Germany. See Masons copy MNDEER: This is the incredible moment two deer begin fighting with their antlers – literally getting stuck in a rut. German wildlife photographer, Ingo Gerlach, watched the two stags in a brawl with their antlers for around two hours. Ingo Gerlach, 65, was able to capture the rut as they both entangled their antlers into each other.

 ( ©Ingo Gerlach /

Talk about a headache.

Images of a fight between two male deers went viral after the stags locked horns and couldn’t unlock them.

Approximately 200 images were captured by German wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach, who watched the two stags fight each other for hours, SWNS reports.

 ( ©Ingo Gerlach /

"At first I thought this would only be a short skirmish of the deer,"  said Gerlach, who watched the action unfold in the Sauerland forest in Germany.


 ( ©Ingo Gerlach /

But after the clash went on for more than 20 minutes, Gerlach ventured closer, noting it "was an extremely hard fight." The two stags were evenly matched, with no clear cut winner.

"Each of the stags tried to force the opponent with their head turns into the knees, but obviously both stags were nearly equally as strong," Gerlach said. "So the fighters more or less lifted up their backsides to achieve an even better leverage. "After about two hours of fighting the deer preferred to disperse."

 ( ©Ingo Gerlach /

He added that both stags were "totally exhausted" and had their tongues hanging out with sweaty fur. 

Stags will fight each other for a variety of reasons, including an increase in testosterone, increased aggression and during breeding season.

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