Injured deer rushes to Louisiana hospital, climbs escalator, shows video
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WVLA) – An injured deer that struck a Louisiana hospital on Monday was euthanized, wildlife officials confirmed.
The deer entered through the main entrance to Notre-Dame-du-Lac Medical Center in Baton Rouge just after 2 p.m. The animal then climbed an escalator to the second floor where it hit a wall.
Before entering hospital, the deer was reportedly seen with blood coming out of its mouth on a road nearby in the city’s health district, apparently after being hit by a car.
Notre-Dame du Lac posted closed-circuit footage of the incident on Facebook on Monday evening.
State wildlife veterinarian Dr Jim LaCour said hospital staff kept the deer calm until members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrived.
“The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries responded quickly by helping to remove the animal,” Notre-Dame du Lac officials said. “Patient care has not been interrupted and the area is being completely disinfected. While this is most unusual in a busy regional medical center, we suspect the deer may have wandered from nearby Ward’s Creek.
The deer was sedated and returned to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters for examination. The results revealed serious injuries to the animal “and was therefore euthanized,” the department wrote on Facebook.
The deer was determined to be a doe of about 4.5 years old. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also collected biological samples for further testing.