From Adminstrator Ben Martig’s News memo, submitted by Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson: (shared on Morning Show Animal Stories!)
It’s the Most Wonderful – Weird Time of the Year!
Just when you thought you had seen it all…… On Thursday, November 15th, Officers Bill Houts and Blaine Anderson, and CSO Annie Quinnell were called to the Extended Stay Hotel on North Highway 3 for a report of a deer trapped in a room. It appears that a whitetail buck attacked it’s own reflection in a large window to one of the rooms. The deer broke through the glass, entered the room, and then couldn’t get out. Luckily, the resident was not present!
When officers arrived they discovered the deer had broken off both antlers, made a mess of the room, and got trapped inside the bathroom. No local agencies or vet clinics had the ability to tranquilize the deer, so officers had to improvise. Officers moved furniture and belongings to clear a path and had to remove the bathroom door.
Officers then discovered the deer was taking a hot bath; evidently, he needed to relax after his stressful venture. The deer was standing in the bathtub and had turned on just the hot water. The buck refused invitations and demands to exit the tub. Eventually, Officer Houts was able to coax the buck out of the tub with a catch-pole. The deer made it outside, stood in a nearby parking lot for several minutes trying
to get its bearings, and then headed to the woods near the Cannon River.
Have a safe and happy holidays………….. And, watch out for the deer!