The “deer in trunk not dead” video below is going viral and it is no surprise. The wild story of how a deer that was supposed to be dead jumps out of the trunk of a car as a police officer is checking the trunk is hilarious. Michigan Live reports on March 20, 2013, that the “Deer in trunk video from Kalamazoo Public Safety spreads laughs across internet, nation.”
KDPS Lt. Stacey Geik, who sent out the video and a press release describing the humorous event, said on Wednesday, “It was a fun story, to maybe get a smile on people's faces for a change."
According to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, at around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Public Safety Officer David Miller was on a routine patrol checking parking lots in the 3700 block of E. Cork Street, when he saw a suspicious guy sitting in a parked vehicle behind the Red Roof Inn.
The man in the car told Officer David Miller that he wasn’t doing anything illegal but that he had hit a deer on the road. He planned on using the meat from the deer to feed his family.
In the state of Michigan, which has over “2,000,000 deer,” a motorist who hits a deer can request to keep the meat but needs to report the incident and get a state deer kill permit.
Officer David Miller asked the motorist if he could check the trunk and make sure that the deer was properly tagged with a kill permit or accident permit.
When Officer David Miller opened the trunk, much to his surprise, the supposedly "dead" deer jumped out. Much to the surprise of the deer, it was woken up by noise and bright lights.
Startled, the deer jumped out of the trunk, rolled over a couple of times, sprang to its feet, and ran off to some nearby woods.
KDPS Lt. Stacey Geik, who explained the incident, said that the deer was a yearling and that instead of the car hitting the deer, the deer had most likely hit the car. Another officer who was on the scene and who is a hunter said that from the way the deer was moving it was most likely not severely hurt.
The deer and the lieutenant certainly agree, “You just never know what you are going to encounter.”