Deer outsmarts bird feeder with clever maneuver

Byline: Patrick Baldwin

A male deer was filmed stealing a nut-filled bird-feeder -- by using its giant antlers to knock it from a tree.

The stag spotted the treat hanging in a garden on the edge of Exmoor National park in Devon, England. In the dead of night, it crept back and used the tip of its huge antlers to dislodge the feeder and send it crashing to the ground, where it tucked into the nuts.

Footage of the deer in action was captured by wildlife photographer Dr. Jochen Langbein who said it was the first time he had seen such behavior in 30 years.

"I think it is extremely unusual. I have worked on deer for the past 30 years and I have never known them to use their antlers so deliberately," Langbein said. "People have seen it in squirrels and raccoon, but deer are not usually known for their intelligence."

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Reindeers graze in the tundra area during sunset in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 26, 2016. Picture taken November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Reindeer herders cook and have a meal inside a tent in the tundra area in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 27, 2016. Picture taken November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Herders cut off reindeer antlers inside the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Reindeer antlers cut off by herders lie inside the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herder smokes while selecting and sorting reindeer inside the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Herders select and sort reindeer inside the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Herders select and sort reindeer inside the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Herders select and sort reindeer inside the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herder sits inside the enclosure where they select and sort reindeer in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Herders select and sort reindeer inside an enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herd of reindeers is seen inside an enclosure as herders select and sort them in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A girl watches herders selecting and sorting reindeer near the enclosure in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A man stands at a site, which is holy for local residents, during the sunrise in the tundra area in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 26, 2016. Picture taken November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herd of reindeers is seen inside an enclosure as herders select and sort them during sunrise in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herd of reindeers is seen inside an enclosure as herders select and sort them in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A view shows a tent belonging to reindeer herders in the tundra area in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 27, 2016. Picture taken November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. 
A barrel with a sign "Lukoil" is seen in the tundra area in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 26, 2016. Picture taken November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herd of reindeers is seen inside the enclosure as herders select and sort them in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herder walks with reindeers along the tundra area in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 27, 2016. Picture taken November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
An Orthodox church is seen in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 25, 2016. Picture taken November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herder stops for reindeers to have a rest while riding along the tundra area in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 27, 2016. Picture taken November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
A herd of reindeers is seen inside an enclosure as herders select and sort them in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Farm employees process reindeer carcasses in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Farm employees process reindeer skin in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
Farm employees process reindeer carcasses in the settlement of Krasnoye in Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, November 29, 2016. Picture taken November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin 
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