Selfies. We’re all guilty of taking the occasional self-portrait. But with increasing numbers of people putting themselves in danger in order to do so, it seems that’s today’s preferred method of self expression is being taken too far.

Wollaton Park has experienced the recklessness of today’s selfie obsessed generation, with people getting too close to the deer in order to get a snap.

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said: “We would like to remind people that the deer are wild animals whose behaviour cannot be predicted.”

Clearly, people are wiling to go to extreme lengths in order to get their desired shot, whether that be striking a pose with an animal or dangling from a building. But producing attention grabbing pictures definitely doesn’t always need to involve people putting themselves and others in such deadly circumstances.

As the deer at Wollaton Park are currently in rutting season, the park has requested that people give the deer extra space as they tend to become more aggressive at this time. Yet people are continuing to take unnecessary risks and stupidly choosing to ignore this warning.

“Creatures as large as deer can cause injuries – so people should enjoy them from a safe distance.”
Erin McDaid, Head of Communications and Marketing at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Erin McDaid, head of Communications and Marketing at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said: “When visiting sites such as Wollaton Park where there are herds of deer, visitors should remember that these are powerful wild animals and should treat them with respect. Creatures as large as Deer, particularly the stags, can cause injuries- so people should enjoy them from a safe distance.”

Deer at Wollaton Park

We get it. Everyone wants to upload impressive images onto social media, hoping to receive as many likes as possible. But posing with potentially dangerous animals? It needs to stop.

Although appearing like a bit of harmless fun, with people constantly pushing the limits and escalating the risk factor, how much are the Instagram likes really worth?