Oh deer - watch moment hungry stag gatecrashes charity picnic in Nottinghamshire

This is the moment a hungry deer trashed a charity picnic in Nottinghamshire - before stealing fruit and sandwiches from the food basket.

Tuesday, 11th September 2018, 12:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th September 2018, 12:52 pm
The deer went trampling across picnic rugs in search of food

Families with young children were sent diving for cover as the crazed stag trampled across the picnic rugs in search of tasty treats.

Dramatic pictures and video show the animal waving its 3ft-long antlers in the air as it scoffed goodies meant for the group.

The animal gatecrashed the picnic which was organised by twin sisters Hannah and Rachel Towlson, 27, on Sunday afternoon.

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The deer went trampling across picnic rugs in search of food

The sisters, from Stapleford, put on the spread for around 20 people in aid of their charity which aims to raise cash for disabled children in Tanzania.

But they were forced to abandon the event at Wollaton Park when the stag went on the rampage as they tucked into the food.

Hannah, a care assistant at a children’s hospice, said: “He definitely provided some entertainment.

“Me and Rachel are both a little bit scared of deer so we set up the picnic well away from him.

The animal stole fruit and sandwiches from the food basket

“We had seen him earlier day on his own but he was lurking in the background and kept his distance but he kept getting closer and closer.

“Suddenly there was the sound of hooves getting louder and louder and he trampled over the picnic blankets.

“He was very keen to get to the food. Everyone just leapt out the way and we just had to let him do what he wanted to do.

“After he found the picnic basket he put his face into it and ate all the fruit. After he filled his stomach he simply walked away and had a nap.”

Despite the interruption, the sisters managed to raise £150 for their charity, called Thrive Village UK.