CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - An injured deer caused a little commotion when he wandered into a Concord-area hospital on Thursday morning.
According to officials, the buck was found inside Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord.
A source inside the hospital says the deer was loose in the hospital's kitchen-storage area before being trapped inside a mop closet.
CMC officials say the deer was in a storage area and never got into a patient care area.
Animal control officers were called to the hospital to capture the injured buck. The deer was tranquilized and rolled out of the hospital on a rolling cart.
According to WBTV's source, it appears the deer came from a wooded, residential area across from the hospital.
It is believed the buck ran across traffic, leapt over the bushes and landed on a RAV4 in the parking lot of the hospital, shattering the windshield.
The deer then entered the hospital.
Animal control officers say the deer was taken about three or four miles away from the hospital and released in a wooded area along Old Concord-Salisbury Road.
Officers stayed with the deer until the tranquilizer wore off, which took about 15 to 20 minutes. Once the deer got his bearings, he was able to walk away and into the woods.
The deer was reportedly only injured along the protective coating on his antlers. Considering that he'd crashed into a car windshield, officers say he was in good condition.
This is the second time Animal Control officers say they were called out to the hospital for a deer inside. The last time was about eight or nine years ago.