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Huge stag 'could be UK's biggest'

Emperor
The location of the stag is being kept secret to deter hunters

A huge stag on Exmoor, which is 9ft (3m) tall, could be Britain's biggest wild land animal, an expert claims.

The red stag, dubbed Emperor by the few people who have seen him, is thought to weigh about 300lb (136kg).

Peter Donnelly, a retired deer manager on Exmoor, told BBC News it was possible the stag was the largest wild land animal in the country.

"They normally don't grow as big as that. But he's had top quality food and a mild habitat."

The deer's location is being kept secret to protect him from hunters.

Emperor measures 9ft from his hoof to the tip of his antler.

Mr Donnelly said: "It's a beautiful, magnificent beast.

"I hope all the trophy hunters leave him alone for him to concentrate on what is most important to him at this time of year, which is mating with as many hinds as possible.

"He will be doing what comes naturally to father a new generation."



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