Woman is gored by a stag as she took pho­tos in royal park

Daily Mail - - Life - By Fionn Har­g­reaves

A TER­RI­FIED woman was gored by an ag­gres­sive stag in Rich­mond Park while she was pho­tograph­ing deer.

Yuan Li, 43, suf­fered six punc­ture wounds that re­quired surgery in hos­pi­tal.

The milliner, who has made hats for Holly Wil­loughby and Myleene Klass, was left with a ma­jor wound on her thigh and a small blood clot on her blad­der.

Doc­tors fear her re­cov­ery could take up to 12 weeks.

Miss Li had been tak­ing pic­tures in the park last Fri­day when the stag at­tacked her. Ex­perts ad­vise mem­bers of the public to stay around 150ft (50m) away from the wild an­i­mals in the royal park.

Deer are known to be most ag­gres­sive in the au­tumn when they en­gage in mat­ing bat­tles, known as the rut­ting pe­riod.

‘There need to be more signs ob­vi­ously, to high­light the mat­ing sea­son and to make peo­ple aware of how dan­ger­ous stags are at this time of year,’ Miss Li told The Daily Tele­graph.

She has asked Rich­mond Coun­cil in south-west Lon­don to move the park’s na­tive deer into en­clo- sures in a bid to pre­vent fu­ture at­tacks. But Charles Smith-Jones, tech­ni­cal ad­viser to the Bri­tish Deer So­ci­ety, said such in­ci­dents were very rare.

Adam Cur­tis, man­ager for Rich­mond Park, said: ‘We’re very sorry to hear a woman has been in­jured and we hope she makes a speedy re­cov­ery.

‘This is a fright­en­ing ac­ci­dent, and a pow­er­ful warn­ing to oth­ers why it is dan­ger­ous to crowd deer, es­pe­cially dur­ing the au­tumn rut­ting sea­son.’

He added: ‘We have prom­i­nent warn­ing signs at key lo­ca­tions ask­ing peo­ple to stay at least 50m away from deer.’ There are also signs ad­vis­ing vis­i­tors not to come be­tween rut­ting stags.

Miss Li has worked as a fash­ion de­signer for 15 years and has made hats for celebri­ties such as Bev­er­ley Knight and Michelle Kee­gan.

Her cre­ations are sold for as much as £880 and are reg­u­larly seen on the race­course.

Wild deer have roamed in Rich­mond Park since 1637 and there are cur­rently more than 600 fal­low and red deer there. These species tend to rut most fiercely dur­ing Oc­to­ber. Rich­mond Park is the largest of the eight royal parks at 2,500 acres.

Dan­ger­ous: A stag in Lon­don’s Rich­mond Park

At­tacked: Milliner Yuan Li, 43

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