Playing sports as a child is exciting, competitive, and a ton of fun. That being said, apparently, deer find them to be exhilarating as well. While a children’s soccer game in London was underway, some frisky deer jumped into the fray ready to play, but not quite in the same way as the kids.
The New York Post reports massive red deer stags interrupted a youth soccer game in Teddington, London on October 9. Making matters worse is the fact it’s breeding season for them, making them particularly aggressive. A game photographer, Giedrius Stakauskas, spoke about the ordeal. “Many of the children playing and the people watching were amazed — stunned to see such an unusual sight.”
Unusual is a mild way to put it. Despite the field being fenced, two deer leapt over it and ran onto the pitch, stopping the game. Speaking to the Daily Mail, a mother watching her son play noted her surprise the deer took the field. “I was chatting to some other parents on the side of the pitch and one of them called to me to show me the first deer. I could also see the second deer which to begin with was behind a wooden fence and I didn’t think it would jump it.”
Though the deer scared some of the children, a referee herded the players together and had them stand to the left of the stags. After roughly 10 minutes, the deer realized there were better places to be and hopped back over the fence and into some nearby trees.
Luckily, they didn’t hurt anyone during the ordeal and the game continued.
If You See Sickly Deer This Hunting Season, Don’t Shoot Them
While the deer in England had a certain kind of fever, back in the states, there’s something else going around. Much like how humans get the flu, a disease is making the rounds with deer here and officials ask you not to shoot sickly ones.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease plagues deer this season and in larger numbers than usual. White-tailed deer, mule deer, and pronghorns are all susceptible and began showing signs of the disease earlier this hunting season. The disease typically manifests in tiny gnats living in stagnant pools of water. Our country’s recent mild winter’s likely contributed to the illness thriving. As such, hunting officials ask hunters, and people in general, not to shoot or approach them.
Don’t worry, the disease can’t affect humans though, and is only seen among deer. Nonetheless, the northern regions of the country, in particular, seem to be experiencing the worst of it. Fortunately, Outdoor Life writes most states will still experience “fair to good” outlooks across the board this season for hunting.