Deer on the Rooftop: Rescuing a Real Life Rudolph

Children are whispering of an early Christmas in the small French village of Verneuil-sur-Indre, where residents awoke to find an unusual looking deer standing on a rooftop. With a lovely set of antlers bearing a striking resemblance to those of reindeer depicted pulling Santa’s sleigh, locals are wondering where the animal came from.

As light rain fell, there was real danger that the deer would be seriously injured in a fall as the slippery rooftop and crowd of people trying to rescue the animal created the perfect storm of tension and fear.

Rescuers began laying down an artificial track made of a rubber-like ladder and tarp, designed to give the deer some traction to ascend the rooftop and jump onto a nearby garden. Some three hours passed during the rescue attempts and it’s absolutely amazing that the deer was not too exhausted to make an exit. Just as the crowd was beginning to believe this would end badly, the deer made it to the peak of the roof and, in one glorious moment of flight, he was gone.

According to town officials, the deer is actually a member of a species from East Asia and would not normally be found in this part of the globe. However, some species of Asian deer including Sika were introduced into parks in France as ornamental attractions in recent decades and many have become wild and are breeding.

No one knows where the now-free rooftop deer will appear next, but some of the smallest residents of Verneuil-sur-Indre are holding firm to their own theory and are on their very best behavior in anticipation that the next clamor on the rooftop may just include a man dressed in red.

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131 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven12 months ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Karen McNutt
Karen McNutt2 years ago

What a wonderful merry happy Christmas story with a very good message and a happy ending too! Loved it!

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo2 years ago

very glad for the happy ending, and bravo to these who cared

Virginia Abreu de Paula

Thanks for telling me it was a happy ending. When I saw he falling up there I really thought it was a sad ending. Then I watched again and noticed the road behind was near him. I imagine that although he fell it didn't cause him any harm. And then I noticed something else. It seems he also noticed that and could see he was able to walk better thanks to those people. He turned his head and look at them...As if he was saying "thanks".

Gudrun D.
Gudrun D.2 years ago

Thank goodness for kind hearted people :-D

julie gaines
Julie Gaines2 years ago

So good to hear a HAPPY ENDING !!!

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright2 years ago

Ditto Betty K's post. I'm thrilled that the deer was saved. Too often these stories do not have a happy ending.....this was a lucky deer that kind humans stepped forward to help.

Betty Kelly
Betty Kelly2 years ago

I want to let the people, who saved this deer from falling, know that I appreciate their desire & efforts. So many would not have cared.

Patrish Dehler
Patricia Dehler2 years ago

It took me a while to realize there was a road or something above the roof and he must have jumped over the wall and landed on the roof. Now that is a story to tell your children with a happy ending. :)