A young girl has been gored by a stag in one of London's Royal Parks.
Young girl gored by a stag in one of London's Royal Parks
The girl, thought be aged seven, was attacked in Bushy Park at the height of the rutting season.
She was treated by an air ambulance crew and transferred to hospital.
Park rangers in London have previously warned people not to get too close stags.
In rutting season some of the deer can get very aggressive but some visitors still get dangerously close.
We’re very sorry to hear that a girl has been gored in the thigh by a stag. We sincerely hope she makes a full and speedy recovery. This is a very frightening incident.
Eye witnesses reported to us that the family was standing very close to the stag and taking photos, even though there are prominent signs up in the Park telling people not to get too close to the deer.
This distressing incident is an unfortunate but powerful warning to everyone why it is dangerous to approach stags during the autumn rutting season, and at any time in fact.
Stags are wild animals and they are especially unpredictable at this time of year and can act defensively if they are aggravated or feel cornered; they are immensely strong and can move very fast to defend themselves even from laying down when resting. We have warning signs at key locations across Bushy Park asking people to stay at least 50m away from the deer, people must keep their distance to prevent such incidences occurring.
– BILL SWAN, ASSISTANT PARK MANAGER, BUSHY PARK Last updated Thu 25 Oct 2018