Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Driving to work this morning I slowed down for what I thought was a dog in the road. When I got closer I could see that it was a deer, not a dog, and that it was trying to get out of the road but was having a very hard time of it because at least two of its legs were broken. Someone must have hit it only a minute or two before we got there.

I came to a stop in the outside lane and put my flashers on so traffic would divert around us, while B called the police to tell them. During all this, the deer managed to drag itself as far as the gutter but the effort had cost it the last of its strength and it couldn’t get over the curb. It appeared to be having a lot of trouble breathing and was probably all broken up inside.

When B finally got hold of the police they told her that the driver who hit the deer had already called it in. By that time the deer was so absolutely still as to appear to be dead. I didn’t know what else to do. The rush-hour traffic was getting so much heavier that it was becoming dangerous to stay parked in the traffic lane any longer, so we drove on.

Not a great way to start a work week.

deer | 5:49 pm CST
Category: commuting, work
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