Fights between rival bucks can get deadly serious, but on occasion can take a surprising turn. In the below video, a no-nonsense sparring match between two males gets broken up as a third deer joins the conflict. The distraction allows one of the duelists to throw his opponent into the air, a feat of strength that quickly causes the two other deer to flee.
We’re not sure what they were thinking, but it’s probably something along the lines of “whoa.”
Hat tip to the Boone and Crockett Club.