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article imageDeer swims with seals at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 6, 2011 in Environment
Norwalk - Visitors to the Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium got to see more then they bargained for when a deer wandered into the courtyard where the seal exhibit is located and promptly jumped the wall landing in the seal tank, where it swam for almost thirty minutes.
Aquarium employees scrambled into action when the confused deer made his big splash into the water at the crowded seal exhibit.
Workers tried coaxing the animal out of the water, then resorted to using nets to assist the deer from the seal's tank, to no avail.
The visibly frightened seals retreated to an inside viewing area of the exhibit to avoid the frightened deer while the melee continued.
After almost thirty minutes the waterlogged deer found his way to an gate opened by an aquarium employee that was just above water level. The distraught deer tried a few times to crawl out of the water, when finally a quick-thinking worker grabbed him by the neck and pulled him to safety.
Aquarium officials said the deer, who appeared to be uninjured, bolted in the direction of the river after a few minutes. None of the seal were injured by the unwelcome visitor.
The Daily Norwalk reports the deer swam across the Norwalk River to get to the aquarium. Aquarium publicist Dave Sigworth said, "Deer are actually very good swimmers. We have research boats that go out every day, and it’s not uncommon for them to see deer swimming around the Norwalk Islands.”
This is the second report of a deer in a predicament that involved water this summer in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut, according to The Daily. In June a Norwalk woman recorded a video of a deer that was trapped in her swimming pool. Eventually that deer was able to leap out of the water and run to safety.
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