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When rutting bucks start fighting, they don’t care about anything but winning. Everything else—like their surroundings—fades into the background.
This behavior often leads to life-threatening situations. Like the one in today’s video.
These two bucks got themselves tangled up while simultaneously maneuvering into the middle of a waist-high creek. The exhausted bucks were on the verge of drowning when Stuart, pole saw in hand, happened upon the scene.
The pole saw turned out to be just the thing to separate the unlucky whitetails.
This is what Stuart’s morning looked like yesterday. 🦌🦌Posted by Kristy Cavner on Thursday, November 7, 2019
The bucks don’t make it easy on Stuart, but one of the animals manages to flip the other onto its back. They stay still just long enough for Stuart to make use of the pole saw.
After a few seconds, the bucks are free from each other. One of the whitetails has enough energy to scamper away, but the other is absolutely exhausted, and can barely keep his head above the water.
After a tense moment, the buck walks off, much to the delight of the onlookers. Unfortunately, it might not be a happy ending. The buck looks like he might be injured. Let’s hope it’s just exhaustion.
Either way, we give our sincere kudos to Stuart and company for putting themselves in harm’s way to save a couple of animals.