Increasing numbers of sika hinds have been coming in every morning to steal a share of the bruised oats we put out for the pigs. And in the last couple of days a few sika stags have started to join them. There were three this morning, of which the one photographed above, was the largest. He quickly pushed off both the other stags and the hinds to get to the trough. The pigs held their ground but were careful to leave room for him, and his antlers.
You can see that one of his antlers has broken off. It could be a simple accident but given the time of year I’m guessing it happened in a fight. He certainly looks battle-hardened.