A photo of a crowd of selfie-hungry tourists gathered around two stags at a deer park has prompted a warning.
Every summer crowds descend upon Wollaton Park, Nottingham, which is known for its antlered stags.
Mark Taylor, who lives nearby, recently snapped a photo of crowds of people armed with smartphones gathered around two of the animals.
Authorities have repeatedly warned people the animals can be dangerous, particularly as rutting season begins.
Mr Taylor said he regularly saw people trying to take photos with the animals, particularly during the summer holidays.
He claimed he even saw someone try to put a baby on a deer’s back during one visit.
“It’s crazy. It’s not a petting zoo. The more people realise that they are wild animals, the better,” he said.
As the summer ends, the stags’ antlers lose their soft velvet to reveal “a set of hard and very pointy weaponry” which they fight each other with, a Wollaton Park spokesman said.
“We assume you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of them,” he said.
Charles Smith-Jones, of the British Deer Society, said although they are more used to visitors, park deer are not tame.
He added: “During the rut [around October], the stags and bucks have sharp and dangerous antlers and are likely to demonstrate aggressive behaviour.
“Rutting stags, in particular, are often pumped up with testosterone, and you could be putting yourself at risk.”
In 2017, a woman was gored in a deer park in Richmond, London, after taking a video of deer.
Yuan Li, who suffered thigh injuries, said she thought she was going to die.