The Colonial Baptist Church in North Carolina received an unwelcome vistor last week when a pair of deer ventured onto the property and the rowdier of the two decided to come inside and see what was going on sending children scurrying in every direction.
It was the beginning of the week at the Cary church, with basketball camp in session for the young parishioners, when a four-legged fast runner barrelled through the church building, said church secretary Bridget Egerdahl.
The basketball camp attendees and their parents quickly moved out of the way when the small deer stampeded down the hallway as frightened parents pulled their children out of his path and watched with wide-opened eyes.
"The young deer dodged around the frightened kids making its way from one end of the building to the other," according to the Colonial Baptist Church spokeswoman.
Security cameras caught the deer on video as it made its way through an unguarded entrance into the busy church without being spotted by church-goers. The little fellow then startled parishioners as it sprinted back and forth finally making its way to the entrance where it was herded outside by some helpful church members.
Egerdahl reports no injuries occurred from the visitor, who left the church members and children amused and laughing after the initial shock of seeing a deer stampeding the church building. The deer was last seen running away from the church, waving his white flag tail with his companion by his side, who may have proved to be the smarter of two, having stayed outside. "Neither deer has been seen again," said Egerdahl.
Egerdahl said the church is located in Cary, in area that is surrounded by subdivisions where deer are seen quite often, but never inside the church building which holds three services on Sundays with an average of 4000 members attending each week.
The Cary church kids left with a great story to tell their friends about the day the deer when berserk at the Colonial Baptist Church, which was a little reminiscent of the song about a famous squirrel from the sleepy little town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, where the First Self-Righteous Church was graced with a ficitional visitor Ray Stevens sang about years ago in the Mississippi Squirrel Revival.
This is the second time this month a deer has decided to come inside and rest a spell in the south. In Roanoke, Virginia the Suntrust bank received its own unwanted visitor when a deer made his way through the automatic doors, ran wildly through the bank, and left with the help of a fast-acting security guard, without making a deposit.