Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast doesn’t usually send patients home before the anesthesia wears off, but the Concord hospital made an exception Thursday for a four-legged visitor.
A deer wandered into the hospital and caused a bit of a stir until employees were able to herd the animal into a storage room and wait for the animal experts to arrive.
Cabarrus County Animal Control staff and Concord police did the rest, tranquilizing the deer and turning it over to a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officer.
Police and animal control officials said the deer apparently came out of a wooded area near the hospital along Lake Concord Road, jumped over hedges and landed on the hood of a car in the hospital parking lot.
The deer shattered the car’s windshield, and authorities said that might have scared the animal.
The deer then headed for the loading dock and ran through a door into the hospital. After a bit of work, employees convinced the deer to run into a storage room, and the deer-herders then closed the door on the animal.
Animal Control managed to tranquilize the deer. CMC spokesman Kevin McCarthy said the animal was taken out of the hospital on a storage cart, which served as a gurney.
The animal was released into the wild late Thursday afternoon by a wildlife officer.
The deer never got near any areas with patients, and hospital employees thoroughly cleaned the storage area afterward, officials said.