Was the weather too hot? A Connecticut deer decided to jump into an indoor/outdoor seal tank at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk on Tuesday. Having swum out of the Norwalk River — nearby the aquarium — the deer surprised all onlookers when he jumped the wall and started to swim in the seal exhibit.
Aquarium workers quickly moved the people observing the exhibit to the inside section and closed the doors to keep the seals from swimming to the outside section where the deer swam around for about 20 — 30 minutes. After attempts to remove the deer with a net failed, employees put a ramp in the water. Eventually the deer saw this as an opportunity to remove himself as the center of attention and climbed out of the tank… with a little help from staffers.
Dave Sigworth, Aquarium publicist said in The Daily Easton “Deer are actually very good swimmers. We have research boats that go out every day, and it’s not uncommon for them to see deer swimming around the Norwalk islands.”
It may not be unusual to see deer swimming around the waters near the aquarium, but apparently this is the first time a deer has joined an exhibit in the museum’s 23 year history. Good to know the deer made it out okay and trotted back off to the wild.
Photo credit Lee Haywood via flickr