A deer was killed after it strayed onto a rollercoaster track at Lightwater Valley near Ripon on Saturday.
Thrill seekers were left shocked after the ride ploughed into the young animal, leaving them splattered in blood.
A spokesperson for the theme park said: “Yes we can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by the Ultimate train on Saturday and was killed instantly.
“There is a large perimeter fence surrounding the theme park but occasionally wild animals do manage to stray onto the park during the night. After the incident the Ultimate was closed for 30 minutes whilst the ride was thoroughly checked and then normal operation resumed.”
The spokesperson added: “A couple of visitors on the train did have spots of blood on their clothing, but no visitors commented about the incident on the day other than to show concern for the deer. “No passengers were injured in the incident.”