That rotting husk on the right is the decomposing, decapitated head of a white-tailed buck, removed in battle by its rival and carried aloft in the victor's antlers as a warning to any who might challenge its dominance. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, inspired by the Viking-like scene of brutal combat prowess, reported the event on Facebook with unnerving gusto, observing, "It was truly a rare harvest!!!"
And this was not a fluke. A similar scenario played out near the bustling Mecca of Walhalla, North Dakota.
And here's an elk waving the remains of its vanquished foe around like the Predator: