The young buck either wanted an innocent early morning play session, or was feeling a little bit... should we say "frisky."
Monday morning officers were on the scene at Pump It Up in the 1200 Block of North Mt. Juliet Road after they received a call from a citizen who reported they witnessed a deer break-in through the front glass of the "jumpy" play place.
According to Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, the call came in at about 7:57 a.m.
"A surprised witness was in the parking lot and called to say what he had seen," Chandler said.
Fortunately all the bouncy play structures were deflated. When police officers got on the scene, the deer was running around the building, and yes, there was blood throughout the area and a lot of broken glass, said Chandler.
"An officer saw a cut, but couldn't tell how bad it was," Chandler said. "But, the deer was running around and just really scared."
Officers and Animal Control employees developed a plan to get the deer safely out of the building, which basically was opening all the exits and herding the deer to safety.
"He got out just fine through the back door and ran out into the woods," Chandler said.
Chandler said they've never encountered such a call before. However, they have dealt with loose pigs, an aggressive donkey, a goat choking in a fence, as well as rescued ducklings from a storm drain.
And while Chandler said he was not a hunter, some hunters explained perhaps the frisky young buck saw his reflection in the glass, mistook himself for a pretty young deer and wanted to get to her. It's rutting season, he said.
However, why a deer was in a somewhat busy strip mall that time of morning is a mystery. It took about 15 minutes to help the deer escape. Chandler said there's quite a clean up awaiting the owners.
"The point is we are here to help," Chandler said. "Whatever little lives they are."
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