One officer simply doing his job in Kalamazoo, Mich. got quite the shock early Tuesday morning. A deer in a trunk was not dead, though the vehicle driver thought he was. The deer sprung out of the trunk and surprised the daylights out of Public Safety Officer David Miller. KSN shared the details on March 20.
The officer saw someone sitting in a parked vehicle behind a hotel around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, and he approached the car to check on the situation. The vehicle owner said he had a dead deer in the trunk, and he planned to take it home to feed his family. The man told the officer he had accidentally hit the animal, and the officer went to check to see if the deer was tagged properly.
When Officer Miller opened the lid of the trunk, he quickly discovered the deer in the trunk was not dead. The startled deer popped out of the trunk, fell and rolled on the pavement, then sprang up and bolted into the woods. The deer showed no signs of injury, and Lt. Stacey Geik believes the deer may have hit the car and simply been stunned, rather than the scenario where the driver thought the car hit the deer and injured it.
Geik joked, “You just never know what you're going to encounter... There could be worse things in trunks.” That is especially the case when it's 2:20 a.m. in a hotel parking lot. Luckily the officer handled the situation well, as many would have been far more startled by a deer in a trunk that was not dead, but had been expected to be.