Injured wild deer becomes best friends with police officers who save him

June 26, 2018 11:27 am Last Updated: June 26, 2018 11:27 am

Officers in upstate New York thought they were headed towards an unpleasant mission on Tuesday—instead, they made a new friend.

At about 7:30 am May 22, City of Watervliet Police officers got the call: there was an injured deer in the courtyard of the MJ Day apartment complex.

As is usually the necessary, unfortunate outcome in cases like this, the officers were expecting to have to put down the injured animal.

Instead, they found a friendly, happy deer—who had a chance for recovery.

They found out that this deer was also a dear.

“This was one of the friendliest young deer we have ever encountered,” the department wrote on Facebook. “He was injured, but walking, following us around and very calm.”

(Facebook/City of Watervliet Police)

So calm, in fact, that the deer allowed the officers to put a dog leash around him.

Fearing the deer would run into traffic, Officer Jim Verhagen led the wild animal to safety.

(Facebook/City of Watervliet Police)

After leaving the apartment courtyard, the deer followed Verhagen into the Housing Authority garage.

Inside, the deer made friends with the officers.

“I asked him to come in and he came right in,” one officer told WRGB“He’s been our friend ever since.”

The deer seemed to be curious about his new surroundings—he especially liked the flowers the officers had lying around for springtime, which he ate. He wasn’t shy around humans at all.

“He’s very friendly,” the officer added. “He’s just walking around the shop. We’re keeping an eye on him.”

(WRGB CBS 6 News, Albany/Screenshot)

So are the officers keeping their new friend as a pet, or maybe a department mascot? Sadly, no: they were just keeping an eye on him until North Country Wildlife could arrive to take him to a rehabilitation center.

There, he’ll get his injuries fixed up and return to the wild. While he might’ve made a great police deer, that’s probably the best possible outcome for this guy.

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Posted by WRGB CBS 6 News, Albany on Tuesday, May 22, 2018