The stunned deer stood motionless in the headlights of oncoming cars for thirty minutes, reports KVUE
, when the deputy sheriff approached the scared animal.
The officer carried the deer
to the side of the road where it eventually calmed down enough to dash away into the woods.
The incident was captured on videotape by the dashboard camera mounted in the police car, and is becoming an online hit with animal activists and supporters of law enforcement officers.
Police think the spooked deer was involved in an earlier accident with a car and was still in a state of shock from that encounter, according to 11Alive
This is the second time this month that a deer has made the national news. In California, a deer made its way through the open door of a Dollar Tree, jumped over the cash register, and managed to create quite a mess before it found its way out the discount store. The confused deer reportedly
ran over a 74-year-old woman before making its escape.