COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Well it’s the Christmas season, but a local deer that crashed into a business was no Rudolph. Employees at the Women of Wellness Clinic were able to capture the buck break-in on camera.
“People are like, ‘did he have an appointment?’” shared office manager Cindy Hawkes with a chuckle. “No.”
The deer broke into the business Tuesday during business hours.
“There was a huge hole there,” said owner Stephanie Cline. “We saw blood and fur and assumed it was some kind of animal.”
The damage was obvious, but the “culprit” wasn’t immediately seen by Hawkes.
“I’m just glad I was paying attention enough,” said Hawkes. “I moved quick. That’s all I know I can move when I need to.”
Surveillance video captured the deer shattering the office window and galloping around the room before spotting his escape out the door.
“They’ll come up see the reflection and think it’s another deer and they are fighting this time of year,” said Officer Andy Tweed with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “So it’s going to go and try to fight.”
That’s because winter equals romance season for the species.
“The does are ready to be breed and the bucks a-chasing, so it’s kind of madness,” said Tweed. “If it’s in a business or a home, you need to exit first.”
He says you should then call 911 so the correct agency can respond.
As a result, the Tennessee Wildlife officers are getting more deer calls.
“We’re dealing with deer jumping into fences, probably 15 plus calls a day in the county, of vehicle strikes.”
Cline doesn’t believe the “culprit” will be on this year’s naughty list.
“Little bit of excitement,” said Cline. “I don’t know if Rudolph and his friends are trying to hang with us maybe.”
There are two more weeks in the deer mating season.
Officials warn to never approach a wild animal, especially one that’s been through a traumatic experience.
The clinic will be closed Thursday but is expected to be back open Friday.