'Goodleigh Giant' stag shot by poacher
Rob Hastings is Deputy News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010, and also writes travel articles, music reviews and features. In 2015 he shortlisted for the Washington Post’s Laurence Stern Fellowship for a series on reportage features from Iran.
Friday 28 October 2011
An imperious stag that was expected to mature into the largest in the country has been shot dead by a poacher on private land in North Devon.
The Goodleigh Giant, as the creature has since become known, was killed little short of a year after another stag, the so-called Exmoor Emperor, was felled by a licensed hunter to national outrage. That killing was legal but this incident is unlawful.
The Giant was much smaller than the 9ft-tall Emperor, but the 19 points on its antlers – five more than his – made it a potentially even more impressive for the title of Britain's largest animal.
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