A photographer in Hokkaido, Japan, captured a photo of a Spotted Deer wandering through the snow with the head of another deer stuck in its antlers.

The buck is walking around face-to-face with a rival male deer that has lost the rest of its body during what must have been a morbid battle.

If the deer is not able to shake the severed head, it will have to survive until it sheds its antlers before spring.

Japan has by far the largest native sika population in the world. In 2015, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment estimated the population over three million in Japan.

 

 

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