Deer Struck by Car Takes Itself to Emergency Room
OutdoorHub Reporters 10.28.15
Employees of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York were dumbfounded after an injured deer stumbled into the emergency wing on Monday. According to Fox News, the deer made it 20 feet down a hallway before staff were able to corral it. Two Monroe County sheriff’s deputies that were present at the time were able to remove the deer on a gurney with the help of public safety workers.
“It’s an extremely odd situation,” said Mark Fischer, chief of public safety. “I had to listen a little hard to my radio today when I heard a call about a deer in the emergency department, but you know, it’s the time of year when they’re running a lot and this one was pretty obviously struck by a car. It was in pretty bad shape, but still mobile enough to get inside the emergency department.”
Officials say the deer was involved in a traffic accident nearby and that at least one of its legs were broken. The car that hit the animal was driven by the daughter of a hospital employee, who speculating the deer was likely browsing in the nearby cemetery when it suddenly appeared in traffic.
“[It] literally popped out of nowhere—almost from the cemetery—and struck her car,” Teresa Hill, an administrator at the hospital, told the Democrat & Chronicle. She says her daughter Carly was driving at the time. “It happened right in front of the emergency entrance so she pulled in and got out of the car.”
Due to its severe injuries, animal control officers decided to euthanize the deer. You can see a short video of the animal below: