Scary Psycho Attack Deer
A week or so ago I was out on the paths with the kids when I came upon a teenage boy out walking his dog. As I approached them I noticed that they were accompanied by a fully grown female deer. I thought briefly that perhaps the boy just so happened to have a pet deer, or maybe was a descendant of Snow White, as I parked my cart and watched the curious spectacle. I asked the boy about it and he claimed the deer had been following him for a long time down the path. Another family came by and marveled at the oddity, then continued on their merry way. I was slightly nervous about a wild animal following a boy and his puppy in such an unusual way so I stayed. Several minutes passed and finally the puppy, who had been relatively indifferent up until now, took an innocent step toward the deer. At which point the deer then charged at the puppy, injuring it. I called for the kid to hop on the back of the golf cart and we rode off into the sunset. Or, rather, up to the soccer fields where I dropped him off.
I had never before seen a deer behave in such a manner and was perplexed by it, but had shrugged the incident off until this evening, while out walking my own dog. I heard a rustling across the street and looked over and was startled by a deer. At first I was thrilled, as I used to always be when seeing such a beautiful and graceful creature. Then I remembered the scary psycho attack deer from the other day and decided to try to carefully ignore it. I did. It didn't ignore me back, but followed us from across the street. Finally it began to cross the road toward us and I began to run, knowing I looked like a lunatic, knowing that if my neighbors spotted me they would either have a great laugh at my expense or perhaps call the police. Once I turned the corner and made it halfway up my own street, I chanced a look back and didn't see the deer, so I made the mistake of believing the coast was clear and stopped to catch my breath - which is the mistake that all who are being pursued will make and at that precise moment Wipe Out begins to play in the background and the scary psycho attack deer comes sliding into view and charges up the street at you. I hollered out an expletive and made the mad dash home. I don't know when the deer decided to fall out of the chase and gallop off to likely pursue another poor soul out walking their dog, I hadn't bothered to look around and check on its progress.
Now I am wondering about my two encounters, which so happened to be in the same area - the stretch of Bridlepath right before you get to Huddleston Pond - and thinking it unlikely that nobody else has had a run-in with this scary psycho attack deer. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? Was it just protecting its young, off hidden in the bushes somewhere? Could it be that this particular deer has rabies, even though such a thing is apparently quite rare in deer? Are the deer staging an uprising, like something out of the Far Side? And who the heck do I call about this?