Ex-soldiers to stand guard over magnificent stag 24 hours a day to stop hunters targeting him

A threatened stag will reportedly be guarded round-the-clock by a team of former soldiers to protect it from hunters.

Red, an eight -year-old red deer, is one of just nine stags of its kind left in the Quantock Hills area of Somerset.

The cost of protecting the animal is due to be met by the League Against Cruel Sports, the Sunday Times reports.

The group has taken the action amid fears the deer may be driven from land owned by the league to an area where it could be legally shot.

Security guards will patrol the boundary of the land Red lives on with a herd of female deer.

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