Officials: LA deer runs up hospital escalator before capture


A deer wandered into a Louisiana hospital before taking the escalators to the second floor, officials said. @itsMEEE_whitney Twitter screengrab

A Louisiana hospital received an unlikely visitor: a deer.

Officials said that shortly after 2 p.m. Nov. 15 an injured deer entered Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge before taking the escalators to the second floor, WBRZ and other news outlets reported.

Hospital staff and a law enforcement officer captured the animal at the top of the escalators before the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries safely removed it from the hospital, WAFB reported.

A state wildlife veterinarian examined the 4 1/2-year-old doe that apparently was hit by a car before it wandered into the hospital, the wildlife agency said on Facebook.

The deer suffered major injuries to its sinuses and was put down, the agency said.

“While most unusual in any busy regional medical center, we assume the deer may have wandered in from nearby Wards Creek,” hospital spokesperson Ryan Cross told The Advocate.

Patient care was not interrupted and no one was injured during the deer’s unexpected walk-in, Cross told the outlet.

McClatchy News reached out to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center but has not heard back.

Karina Mazhukhina is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter. She graduated from the University of Washington and was previously a digital journalist for KOMO News, an ABC-TV affiliate in Seattle.

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