The viral video of a man chasing a dog chasing some deer across Richmond Park has become a massive hit over the past 48 hours. But what’s the story behind it?
Luckily, The Telegraph can provide some of the answers to the questions many people have been asking after speaking to the cameraman who filmed the footage: 13-year-old Jake Goodyear from Holloway in London.
An article published on Wednesday 23rd November put the following questions to Jake and his father Ali, who was with him at the time of filming:
What’s the dog’s name?
As suspected by some, the dog is actually called Fenton NOT Benton – though #Benton was the number one trending topic in the UK on Twitter for much of Tuesday 22nd November.
Was the video a planned stunt?
Apparently not. "We were filming the deer and all of a sudden this man came from behind us and was agitated to say the least because he had lost control of his dog," Ali said on Tuesday night. "It was 500 metres in front of him and he had a mission ahead of him. I don't know if there was a happy ending because he ran off into the distance."
Who is Fenton’s owner?
This remains an unanswered question, and may well stay that way as, if identified, he could be fined for failing to keep his dog under control in the park. In September this year a female dog owner was issued with a £650 fine after her dog mauled a deer which then needed to be put down.
Meanwhile, the video has been used in a growing number of memes featuring clips from American Werewolf in London, Alien, Jurassic Park and, of course, Bambi, leading to speculation that it could eventually rival German film Downfall as most-spoofed clip on the web.