O deer! Moment when two huge deer stage a field invasion during a football match under 10 years
- Two grazed red deer stride across the field during a children’s competition in London
- The formidable duo jumped a fence at Bushy Park Sports Club in Teddington
- They stayed for over a minute as stunned onlookers stared and took pictures
This is when two deer abruptly brought a football game under 10 to a halt.
Parents watching the game recorded the invasion of the pitch on October 9 at Bushy Park Sports Club in Teddington, south west London.
The stunned children were stopped as the animals stepped towards them, with one animal jumping over a fence to get onto the field.
It happened during the peak of the rutting season, when adult deer compete for mating rights with available females — often locking up the antlers in an effort to assert their dominance.
This deer was caught on camera jumping over a fence at Bushy Park Sports Club in Teddington
Children stood in awe when a deer with full antlers started calling
One of the deer called out on the field as onlookers marveled at their guest
The majestic animals walked at ease across the field despite having an audience
Fortunately, the unexpected visitors wandered into the trees after a few minutes and the children were able to continue playing.
Nicki Hudson, 46, brought her son for an away game as his team Epsom and Ewell Colts take on the Teddington Dragons.
She said, “There were two deer in the field. I was chatting with some other parents on the side of the field and one of them called me to show me the first deer I started filming.
“I could also see the second deer that was behind a wooden fence to begin with and I didn’t think it would jump over it.
“Then, very soon after, it jumped over and ran straight across the field as the guys were halfway through the game.
“We parents all stood still, but the quick-thinking referee called on the players to all stand together to the left of the deer.
The deer was clearly looking at us all, so much so that one of the mothers turned away from the deer to avoid eye contact! Soon after, the deer trotted away and left the field.’
A red deer interrupts a youth football match at London’s Bushy Park Sports Club last Saturday
The match came to a complete halt as spectators stared at the spectacle
The two deer strode at ease, despite their audience’s attention
Bushy Park is a gated royal park known for its rich wildlife, which attracts avid animal photographers.
The park is free to enter and with its own soccer fields a favorite place for sports teams.
Photographer Gedrius Stakaukas said: ‘I could see this deer walking around before jumping onto the field. I heard the children start to scream and some of them ran away.
This deer strode confidently across the field as onlookers watched
Children were overjoyed with their visit but kept a safe distance
The match was quietly resumed when all the action was over
“Many of the children playing and the people watching were amazed—stunned to see such an unusual sight.”
Mr Stakaukas said he thought one of the deer stayed for up to ten minutes while people watched and captured the scene on camera.
He added: ‘I’m not sure because I was too busy shooting!’