This mighty stag proves he’s truly king of the forest with a crown of leaves. The red deer’s rivals swiftly scattered when he emerged from a clump of bracken wearing the green and brown headdress.

Rutting season is underway and the males are jealously guarding their territory in the hope of attracting a mate. Mr Smith, an accountant, had been watching the deer at Richmond Park, Surrey, since 6am when this happened at around midday. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.

Pictured: The deer covered in the bracken.

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