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Deer Swims with Seals (Video)

Deer Swims with Seals (Video)


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.

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Photo credit Lee Haywood via flickr

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7:12AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:23PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Sorry for captive animals but happy the deer shared the pool for a while and got out of the adventure safe!!!

4:30AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Sorry, don't seem to be able to send green stars but whatever - to all of you who thought this was rather sad for the confused deer and the captive sea - couldn't agree more!

6:27AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

They all should be free!!

2:26PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

God people are so stupid. Everyone should have been told to keep quiet when the deer was rescued and not clap and scream and just scare the deer more.

4:51PM PST on Nov 18, 2011


12:00PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

He must have been terrified!

11:41AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

How in the world did the deer get in there in the first place? Thank goodness there was action to get her/him out.

11:00AM PST on Nov 18, 2011


10:55AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

itn n was not cute, both animals were in distress and scare.

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