It was hardly the fight of the century, but a sparring match between two deer in South Dakota might be considered entertaining and probably would have lasted much longer had the one deer not tumbled over the bleachers.
The footage was captured at Tomar Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the brief sparring match was explained by Keloland Television.
What's unique about this footage, an expert said, is that both deer are standing on their hind legs and jabbing with their front hooves. (Most deer brawls involve antler-to-antler combat, but these deer possessed no antlers.)
"What they're trying to do is establish dominance or hierarchy in the herd," said Julie DeJong, a biologist for the state Game, Fish and Parks department. "Things have changed over the winter time. 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."
It looks as though little was settled in this case, although the deer that stumbled might think twice about getting into another brawl anytime soon.
However, it was the other deer that limped off with an injured front leg.
Fight of the century?
Stated DeJong: "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."
--Hat tip to GrindTv