Children in the little town of Verneuil-sur-Indre in the Indre-et-Loire department of central France can be forgiven for thinking Santa had arrived early, when the reindeer appeared on a garage roof in the center of town.
BFMTV reports (in French) that the deer somehow got stuck on the roof in the town of only 500 inhabitants on Monday night and it took a three-hour rescue mission to get the deer off the roof.
However, local government agents report that the animal has luckily suffered no injury and is now back on terra firma.
Neighbors think he may have ended up on the roof by way of a neighboring garden, and couldn't turn back, due to the slippery roof slates.
According to the town's mayor, Philippe Bruneau:
“He tried hard to turn back but slipped and was lying on the roof. We had to find a solution.”
"In my 12 years in office, I've had to track down a wolf, and now rescue a deer from a roof. Not bad."
BFMTV reported that the mayor could not explain the presence of the deer, which is apparently native to East Asia, on a roof of his village, especially since it does not match the local breed. "Perhaps he has been driven here by local deer?" Bruneau said.