Wild Deer Makes 'Surprise' Stop Inside Middle Tennessee Classroom

By Sarah Tate

November 23, 2021

Photo: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

A school in Tennessee was surprised to see a new "student" in the classroom on Tuesday (November 23).

An official from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) was called into Springfield elementary school after a deer somehow managed to find its way inside the building, WKRN reports.

"Surprise student at Westside Elementary in Springfield this morning," the agency wrote in a post on its official Facebook page. "Officer Kaleb Stratton was called to the school to remove the individual, who had apparently broken his way in through an emergency exit."

The "surprise student" in question? A deer.

Apparently a deer, which wildlife officials estimate to be a whitetail buck about 2.5 to 3.5 years old, had gotten inside the school and was found walking around a classroom. Officer Stratton was able to lead the deer to the exit and out of the school.

Check out the post below to see more photos as well as a clip of the deer exploring the classroom.

Surprise student at Westside Elementary in Springfield this morning. Officer Kaleb Stratton was called to the school to...

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

This isn't the first time an animal has led state officials on a chase through a Tennessee town. Earlier this year, a zebra managed to escape from a wild animal auction, leading to an hours-long pursuit in Putnam County. The chase was captured on officers' body cameras.

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