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Deer crashes through Urbanna home

by Tom Chillemi

A deer jumped through a casement window into Dennis and Pat Durrette’s home in Urbanna on Friday, Dec. 12, and left a trail of destruction before crashing out of the house through another two-foot-wide window.

Mr. Durrette was in the bedroom when the home invasion started about 9:15 a.m. He heard crashing in the house. “The deer was jumping over furniture, crashing into windows,” he said.

When he opened the bedroom door and went out a few steps, he was confronted by the startled and aggressive young buck with six-inch horns. “He and I eyeballed each other for a second, and he put his head down and charged me,” said Mr. Durrette.

Mr. Durrette retreated and slammed the bedroom’s French doors that have several panes of glass. “I had to hold the bedroom doors shut when he was butting it; he was trying to get into the bedroom. He scared me and had my adrenaline pumping,” said Mr. Durrette.

Trapped in an alien environment, the scared deer butted the bedroom doors about six times, said Mr. Durrette. “I tried to scare him off and [eventually] I got back out to open the sliding (glass) door to hopefully let him out of the house.

“He was pretty quiet,” said Mr. Durrette. “I was tiptoeing through the house. I thought he had exited.”

However, the injured deer was hiding in a bathroom and had bumped the door shut.

When Mr. Durrette jiggled the bathroom knob, the deer started moving again. “That’s when I called animal control, but by the time I came back he had crashed out the bathroom window.”

The bloody bathroom resembled a crime scene. Blood splattered slats from the window’s venetian blinds lay in the yard.

Only an hour before the deer had invaded the home, Mr. Durrette had put the family’s 40-pound dog in his crate. “If the dog had been chasing the animal around the house, the dog probably wouldn’t be here and the place would have been torn up a lot worse.”

It took about 10 minutes for the deer to trash their house. “The house is like a war zone,” said Mr. Durrette. Fortunately, the deer did not go into the den where a large Christmas tree remained intact.

Middlesex Animal Control Officer Ricky Warren responded to the call at the end of Howard Street. Warren said he searched the surrounding area for the injured deer, but it was not found. 

Warren noted it is deer season and the buck could have been running away from a threat when it bolted into the residential area.

The deer may have swum across Perkins Creek, said Mr. Durrette.

posted 12.17.2008

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