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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Young bucks lock horns at Phoenix Park

Louise Kelly

Published 07/03/2014|13:18

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Two young stag's clash  in Dublin's Pheonix Park yesterday.
Pic Frank Mc Grath
Two young stags clash in Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday Pic: Frank Mc Grath

Rutting season may be long over but these young stags are out to impress their female counterparts at Dublin's Phoenix Park.

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Rising testosterone levels among the herd of deer usually tend to fuel scraps between the bucks during the month of October.

Yet these fiesty bucks are feeling energetic - despite the time of year - and are vying to emerge as dominant to claim the affection of onlooking does.

Three species of deer live wild in Ireland today: fallow deer, red deer and the sika deer.

The wild fallow herd at the Park normally graze on the 200-acre flat meadow area known as the Fifteen Acres.     

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