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Rare video shows two deer fighting while standing on hind legs

Antlerless bucks battle for supremacy by using razor-sharp hooves

The gloves came off at Tomar Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where two deer went hoof to hoof in rarely seen footage of bucks gone wild. According to Keloland Television, “When bucks don’t have antlers to fight with, they stand straight up on their hind legs and battle with razor-sharp hooves.” In the slow-motion version, you can really see the deer on the left commanding the ring, landing several combinations to the nose before scoring a TKO as the losing deer stumbled into the bleachers. You don’t see this every day. Watch:

Apparently, it is not uncommon to see as many as 40 deer congregating at the park during the evening hours, and things apparently aren’t always peaceful, as you might expect with deer.

“What they’re trying to do is establish dominance or hierarchy in the herd,” Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife biologist Julie DeJong told Keloland Television. “Things have changed over the wintertime. Some animals that were dominant might have died, might have gotten hit by a car or shot in the hunt and so they need to be replaced, so the animals are working toward getting those things settled again.”

DeJong, who witnessed the fight, said battles in the spring don’t last as long as antler fights in the fall, and that’s why it’s rare to actually see them.

“Most people don’t get to see something like that very often, and you don’t find a lot of pictures of that either on the Internet, so it was exciting to see,” DeJong said.

Quipped one commenter on YouTube: “I can’t wait for city councilmen to ban this like they banned MMA.”