Warning as ‘normally friendly’ deer gores photographer in Glencoe attack
The victim, who did not wish to be named, parked in the car park of the Kingshouse Hotel near Glencoe on Friday afternoon where a friendly deer often appears to pose for photos and eat from the hands of passers-by.
The deer that congregate near the hotel in the glen have long been a popular draw for tourists and visitors.
However, the photographer backed down when the deer became uncharacteristically aggressive before the animal charged at it headlong, leaving a nasty mark on its ribs.
Now the woman is warning others against getting too close or feeding the wild deer, after seeing the danger herself.
She said: “I am an avid amateur photographer and have photographed these deer several times before. Last year there were dozens of them in the hotel driveway, and the only big one in the parking lot – he’s still there. This year he was the only one there and there were signs asking people not to feed the deer which I had never seen before.
“I got out of the car to photograph him – he was about six feet from the car. He lowered his head, slightly threatening, so I backed up about a foot, then he suddenly lowered his head and charged, grabbing me to the side, knocking me backwards, but not to the ground.
“It was totally out of the blue. I’ve never seen the deer do that because they’re notorious for being so tame here. Seconds after he charged at me, he was eating a carrot through the window of the someone else’s car. If he had a run over six feet, I would have been in trouble.
The photographer says she feels lucky the injury is not worse, but fears others, especially children, are in danger without realizing it.
She said: “I was remarkably lucky. He didn’t break my skin, but there are clear marks of gore – I’m going to be quite bruised and my whole side hurts.
“The height from which he hit me was at a child’s eye level. In fact, I warned other families who approached me as it was quite scary to see how quickly he hit me. suddenly loaded without warning.
Deer rut season, or breeding season, occurs in Scotland from late September to November.
Warnings have been issued before, telling tourists not to feed the deer, and there have been similar reports in the past of deer charging at passersby.
The Scottish SPCA has previously warned members of the public not to feed deer as they can be unpredictable.
The Kingshouse Hotel website urges visitors not to hand feed animals.
The site states: “Our neighbors are a curious and hungry bunch. But we send a polite reminder that deer are wild animals, not tame pets. We recommend taking photos from a distance.
“Please don’t feed the deer – it’s bad for their bellies. Remember that deer can rut and charge without warning.”