April 7 (UPI) -- A man in Canada was blindsided by a frantic galloping deer while standing outside of a local hotel.
Cary McCook, 25, was being dropped outside of the Stork Nest Inn in Smithers, British Columbia, for an environmental training course when the deer came sprinting toward him, toppling him over.
"As I was turning my brain couldn't process what was coming at me and by the time I knew it, [I had] already had gotten hit by 'Bambi' that was being chased by a dog," McCook told Global News.
Surveillance footage shows the dog, which apparently sent the deer into a full sprint, running around the side of the truck.
McCook posted on Facebook about the incident, which took place on April 1, but many dismissed his story as an April Fool's prank.
"I was in shock at the time and then I jumped on the phone automatically. Mind you, this is April 1st. So everyone is thinking April Fool's this and April Fool's that," McCook told the CBC. "I call my Mom and then I tell her, 'Mom, I got hit by a deer.' She couldn't believe it. She's like, 'All right, Cary, good one.' I'm like, 'No, I'm serious. I got hit by a deer in front of my hotel room.' She wouldn't believe me."
He later asked the hotel for permission to share the video online, to help legitimize his story.
"Then I put the video on Facebook and it automatically took off going viral," he said. "I find it more hilarious the more I watch it."
McCook said while jarring at the time, the experience was overall positive as neither he nor the deer were injured.
"We just had a shock," he said. "I guarantee the deer was appointed alpha. Now it's like running around being all high saying, 'Hey, I took down a First Nations hunter! What did you do?'"