BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A deer that ran into Our Lady of the Lake after 2 p.m. this afternoon has been euthanized by wildlife officials.
The deer was reportedly seen with blood coming out of its mouth at the Essen Lane median before it made its way into the hospital and onto the second floor where it ran into a wall.
State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour said the hospital staff kept the deer calm until members from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrived.
“The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department responded promptly helping to remove the animal,” said OLOL officials. “Patient care has not been interrupted and the area is being thoroughly sanitized. While most unusual in any busy regional medical center, we assume the deer may have wandered in from nearby Ward’s Creek.”
The deer was sedated and was brought back to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters to be examined. Results from the examination revealed that the deer had internal injuries that made it necessary to be euthanized.