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.
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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.