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Derbyshire deer snapped in Chatsworth river crossing

River Derwent Chatsworth deer Image copyright Jim Bell / SWNS
Image caption The group of deer crossed the River Derwent on Sunday morning

An amateur photographer said he had "never seen anything like it" as he snapped dozens of deer swimming across a Derbyshire river.

The animals came to the banks of the River Derwent on the Chatsworth Estate, before picking their spot and wading into the water.

Retired engineer Jim Bell, from Belper, took the pictures on Sunday morning.

The 73-year-old said the crossing looked like "a scene from the Serengeti".

Image copyright Jim Bell / SWNS.com
Image caption Amateur photographer Jim Bell said he followed the deer after seeing them head for the water
Image copyright Jim Bell / SWNS.com
Image caption Jim Bell, who has been taking pictures since he was 16, said he has "never seen anything like that before"

"I've been taking photographs since I was 16 and I've never seen anything like that before," he said.

"I was just really lucky to be standing there."

Image copyright Jim Bell / SWNS.com
Image caption Jim Bell said watching the deer "was like a scene from the Serengeti"
Image copyright Jim Bell / SWNS.com
Image caption The deer safely made it over to the other side

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