Deer escapes church nativity scene

Dec. 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a deer named Rudolph escaped from a church nativity scene and was seen running around the area.

Lakeland police said they received a call from a resident at 5:50 a.m. about a deer running around his property and they quickly determined it was Rudolph, nicknamed Rudy, a muntjac deer portraying a reindeer in the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene nativity scene, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Sgt. Terri Smith said church personnel chased the deer around the property and it was eventually captured while hiding under the church's elf house in its Bethlehem Village area.

Ken Suarez, the deer's owner, said he brought the animal home after the incident.

The church said many other live animals remain in the display, which will be opened to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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