Rescuer risks his life to unlock the antlers of two tangled bucks

Published: September 16, 2015 · Updated: June 12, 2017

Locked antlers don’t happen that often during a rutting season, but when they do it’s a tragedy. Locking occurs when two bucks are engaged in a theoretically non-fatal competition of strength and endurance and become tangled in each other’s horns. The situation leaves both animals immobile and vulnerable.

Worse, it’s a horrible way for the animals to die, slowly starving to death as they struggle to free themselves. Upon discovering a situation like the one in this video, most people would wish to help, but these frightened animals are extremely powerful. In their panic they could easily gore a well-meaning rescuer.

For this reason, we have seen videos of clever tricks to stay safe while unlocking the horns, such as this warden who used a vehicle to keep himself out of harm’s way.

This particular rescuer decides to get up close and personal, a decision we certainly wouldn’t recommend. While he manages to snap off a section of antler and free the terrified animals, he puts his life at serious risk by getting so close to their bodies. But despite the danger, we salute this citizen of the forest for making sure these two bucks will live to battle another day.