<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usTue, 19 Jun 2018 21:04:08 -0700Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:04:08 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fire Dept Rescues Stranded Roller Coaster Riders]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:43:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rollercoaster6.jpg

Daytona Beach firefighters on Thursday were working to rescue stranded riders after a roller coaster derailed on the boardwalk in that Florida city.

<![CDATA[Make Way for the Herd! Goats Are Eating Away at Orange County]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:22:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goat-munch-brush-061418.gif

A herd of more than 180 goats are clearing vegetation to help prevent wildfires ahead of Southern California's dry season in Orange County. 

The group of Boer, Spanish, and Nubian goats are clearing vegetation to prevent wildfires in Deer Canyon Park.

The goats are providing what's known as a defensible space which protects the area by removing dry fuel for a fire, which can be whipped by winds throughout the area and rapidly spread.

"It's a three part process: first the goats will come through, then goats will do their thing," said Sergeant Daron Wyatt of Anaheim Fire and Rescue. "Humans will come through and clear out what's left, and then the third part of this is to plan new growth that will also be preventative when wildfire season comes."

The goats are more efficient and effective than humans as they don't struggle with the terrain and the heat. As goats are filling up their bellies, munching on vegetation, they are preventing major fires throughout the year. 

"I think as we have seen already we are almost in a 12-month fire season cycle now," Wyatt said. "We used to have our fires late summer, early fall. We've already had several major wildfires in Orange County this year so far and it's already shaping up to be a bad season. So the more we can do in preparation and the more residents can do, the better off we will be."

The goats are expected to stay in Deer Canyon for through July, then expected to move onto Oak Canyon Nature Reserve in the Santa Ana foothills.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Why Did the Alligator Cross the Runway?]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:29:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+alligator+runway+061118.00_00_04_04.Still007THUMB.jpg

An alligator crossing a runway at Orlando International Airport caused delays on Monday.

<![CDATA['Forget Pizza Rat': Squirrel Spotted Scarfing Down Avocado in Manhattan]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:58:58 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Avocado+Squirrel+Photo.jpg

A passerby spotted a squirrel munching on an avocado in a fenced in tree area on an Upper West Side sidewalk.

Henry Zhang filmed the rodent at West 73rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, he wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

The squirrel appeared unfazed by its audience as it continued to chow down on its snack, the video shows. 

“Forget Pizza Rat. I give you Avocado Squirrel!” Zhang wrote in his post.

“Clearly a millennial squirrel,” one user commented.

Photo Credit: Henry Zhang]]>
<![CDATA[Surprise! Bearded Dragon Crawls Inside Delivery Box and Into Family's Heart]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:16:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Bearded-Dragon-060818.jpg

A Hemet couple had a scaly addition to their Walmart purchase Wednesday, after ordering a bicycle for their grandchild from the retail giant.

While only expecting a bicycle in the mail, it came as a surprise when Al and Chris Brummett found a live bearded dragon as well.

"I didn't see it at first, but once I removed the contents of the box, there it was," Al said. "It was definitely a unique experience. We have lizards in our backyard, but this one was so big compared to what I've seen!"

Despite the initial shock of the scaly creature, the Brummetts are now looking into the possibility of adopting her. If no owner is found within a week, the Brummetts are toying with the idea of naming the lizard Walina, after Walmart.

"We just want to make sure she ends up in a good home," Al said. "Our grandchildren have taken a liking to her, and after researching, we found that they are one of the best pets to have."

Riverside County Animal Services responded to the call, and took the unusual hitch-hiker to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus. The lizard currently resides there until the original owner or a permanent home is found. The bearded dragon was in need of basic nourishment, but was healthy overall, and has received a steady diet of crickets and peaches. 

"I've been here for 11 years, and I have never seen anything like it," John Welsh, spokesman for the Riverside County Animal Services, said.

Though it is unclear where the bearded dragon came from, animal services are currently working on tracking down the original owner.

"Bearded dragons can go about a week without food or water, so this critter could've come from across the Pacific Ocean," Welsh said. "However, since the lizard was in such great health, it doesn't seem like she was in there for long."

Walmart is currently looking into the situation, a company spokeswoman said.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Animal Services ]]>
<![CDATA[Bearded Dragon Found in Walmart Delivery Box]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:16:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Bearded-Dragon-Thumbnail-060818.jpg A Hemet couple had a unique surprise when the bicycle they ordered from Walmart showed up at their door with a live bearded dragon inside.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Canadian Peacocks Fight Their Own Reflections, Damaging Cars]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:57:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/peacock-lux-cars-thumb.jpg

Feral peacocks in a Canadian city near Vancouver aren’t known to harm humans but video shows them threatening parked luxury vehicles.

The peafowl have been troubling Surrey, British Columbia, for some time — the issue of the noisy birds was raised at a local advisory board meeting in January — but the controversy heightened last month when one resident was fined after cutting down a popular perching tree, according to news reports.

In one video, a peacock meanders around a black car parked on the street, appearing to eye its reflection.

“With the dark-coloured cars, they can see their reflection fairly clearly, so they mistake that as another peacock and have at it,” Sullivan Heights resident Ryan Cragg told CTV Vancouver. “They’ll get the front panel, the side panel, the rear panel and then work around to the other side.”

A former resident farmed the colorful relatives of the pheasant for fun and left some of them there when he moved away, The Canadian Press reported last month.

A decade later, the birds are annoying their human neighbors. Besides scratching up expensive cars, they are reported to block doorways, leave a mess where they roost on rooftops and keep people up at night.

“You couldn’t sleep. When my kids were babies and toddlers, they woke them up all the time,” a resident named Julie told the Press.

CTV reported the City of Surrey issues fines to people who feed the animals, but officials aren’t legally obligated to remove them.

Residents say the birds will keep plaguing the neighborhood until authorities take responsibility for the problem.

Roaming peacocks and peahens have been known to bother other residential neighborhoods. In 2014, someone or a group of people killed nearly 50 of the birds with BB guns, arrows and poison in the Los Angeles-area city of Rolling Hills Estates, where about 1,000 peacocks lived.

Those birds were also known to peck at vehicles, an animal protection investigator said at the time.

Photo Credit: CTV]]>
<![CDATA[Trump, Pence Share Odd Moment at FEMA Briefing]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 07:54:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pence-water-bottle-thumb.jpg

Vice President Mike Pence shared an odd moment at a FEMA hurricane briefing with his boss, President Donald Trump, when both men removed their water bottles from the table in a now-viral clip.

<![CDATA[Bizarre Video of Car Repo Gone Wrong]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 19:04:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bizarre_Video_of_Car_Repo_Gone_Wrong.jpg

A tow truck driver latched onto the back of a Honda in an attempted reposession, but the woman behind the wheel -- with kids in the backseat -- managed to drive off. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 Friday, June 1, 2018.

<![CDATA[Plane Lands Safely on Huntington Beach Street, Drawing Crowds]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:52:11 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/plane-down-roycehutain-1.png

Photo Credit: Southern Counties News Royce Hutain]]>
<![CDATA['Psychic' Cat Set to Predict World Cup Winners and Losers]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:11:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WORLD+CUP+PSYCHIC+CAT.00_00_19_29+THUMB2.jpg

Move aside, Paul the Octopus, there's a new psychic animal on the scene. Achilles the cat, who lives at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, is set to pick World Cup winners and losers. To predict the winner, Achilles will choose between two bowls of food, each bearing the flag of one of the competing countries. The cat allegedly predicted the outcome of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

<![CDATA[H2-Uh Oh: Sewage Leak Shuts Down Water on Catalina Island]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:50:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/thecatfishnoir-catalina-island-cover.png

Photo Credit: @thecatfishnoir]]>
<![CDATA[JR Smith's Blunder at Warriors vs Cavs Game 1 Becomes a Meme]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:10:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-964666662.jpg

LeBron James' upset and confused face was plastered all over social media after Game 1 of NBA finals Thursday between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

With five seconds left to the game and a tied score, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith failed to pass the ball to LeBron, and even didn't attempt to make a shot for the basket, causing the game to run into overtime, with the Cavs eventually losing to the Warriors 124-114.

TV cameras caught him mouthing "I thought we were ahead" to a visibly upset LeBron.

LeBron was quite unhappy with Smith's play, to say the least. His reaction to Smith's blunder created a meme where LeBron represents the emotion of anger, confusion and disappointment.

"He thought it was over," Cavs coach Ty Lue said of Smith's actions in the post game conference. "He thought we were up one."

One of the memes compared LeBron to Patrick Star from "Spongebob Squarepants," who made a similar hands pointing gesture in perturbation.

Smith defended his play after Game 1 saying: "I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off. I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me."

This isn't the first time basketball players have become a widely used meme.

A photo of Michael Jordan crying in 2009 has been used over and over again in a variety of internet memes. 

The Warriors' Nick Young has also been a subject of a widely used meme where he appears confused with question marks around his face.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Cow Rescued After Getting Stuck in Md. Swimming Pool]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 03:20:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/cow+in+pool.jpg

Firefighters in Davidsonville, Maryland, helped a cow get moo-ving after the bovine got stuck in a swimming pool. 

The cow fell into a swimming pool on the 3800 block of Birdsville Road just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department says. 

The firefighters constructed makeshift steps out of cinder blocks, and about an hour and half later, they were able to get the cow out of the pool. 

But once she was out of the pool, the cow was not able to get up on her own. Crews tried multiple times to get her up, with no luck. 

Eventually, they made a harness out of fire hose and lifted the cow with the help of a tractor. 

The cow was moved to a pasture, where she was able to stand up on her own and walk around. 

Photo Credit: Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Drops Ring During His Ski Lift Proposal ]]> Sat, 02 Jun 2018 18:38:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/skiliftproposalthumnb.jpg
Imagine proposing on a ski lift and then dropping the ring 50 feet below into thick brush, while the lift continues to climb the mountain. That's exactly what happened to a Palm Springs, California, couple.
Sean Strickland and Karen Yeoman have been an item for a year. Their mutual faith in God brought them together. His faith in Yeoman is what made Strickland want to pop the question over Memorial Day weekend. Instead, the ring popped out of the box and landed in an ocean of thick mountain brush, as the chair lift continued moving.
<![CDATA[1 of 4 Peacocks That Escaped Philadelphia Zoo Found Dead]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 18:07:24 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Peacocks+Walking+Down+Schuylkill+Expressway.jpg

One of four peacocks that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo and created a traffic jam on the nearby Schuylkill Expressway was found dead Thursday afternoon.

The peacocks were spotted around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday strutting along I-76 westbound near the Girard Avenue exit. 

State police shut down two of the six lanes of traffic and appeared to escort the four birds down the highway, causing backups for miles.

Police managed to form a barricade around the peacocks and get them off the highway, but were unable to capture them. The four birds then flew away into nearby trees, with one of them managing to fly across the highway. The search was halted until daybreak Thursday.

Zoo staffers and police officers on Thursday morning circled the area where the peacocks were last seen and checked locations where the peacocks might explore, Philadelphia Zoo spokeswoman Dana Lombardo said.

One of the peacocks was found dead. Lombardo said the animal was likely hit by a car.

The search for the other three peacocks is ongoing.

"The staff at the Zoo will continue to work with authorities to locate the peacocks and bring them to safety," Lombardo said.

It's not unusual for the peacocks, part of a larger "free-roaming flock" cared for by zoo staff, to stray from the historic zoo, but they normally return in the evening to roost for the night, Lombardo said.

In the meantime, zoo officials asked people not to approach the peacocks because they "are out of their normal environment and may be nervous."  Instead, people who see the peacocks can send the location, day and time and a photo of the sighting if possible to peacocks@phillyzoo.org.

While "peacock" is commonly used to refer to both male and females, the females are called peahens. The gender of the birds was not clear.

Aftercircling the area where the peacocks were last seen and checking locationswhere the peacocks might explore, the team found one of the peacocks deceased,likely due to an vehicle collision.  The remaining three peacocks have notbeen located. The staff at the Zoo will continue to work with authorities tolocate the peacocks and bring them to safety. 

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: See Which Piece of Movie History You Can Own]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 11:01:00 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hollywoodauction-cover-june2018.jpg

Photo Credit: Profiles in History]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Corgis Race to the Finish Line at Santa Anita Park]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 19:07:30 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/socal+corgi+nationals+thumbnail.jpg

Photo Credit: Matthew Halla]]>
<![CDATA[Service Dog Gives Birth While Waiting to Board Flight]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 13:08:45 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SERVICE+DOG+BIRTH+052518.00_00_02_29.Still006.jpg

Eleanor Rigby, a two-year-old golden retriever service dog, went into labor and gave birth to eight puppies while waiting with her owner at the Tampa International Airport.

<![CDATA[Hat Switch Leads to Pursuit Suspect Mix-Up]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 08:08:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Hat_Switch_Leads_to_Pursuit_Suspect_Mix_Up.jpg

A San Fernando Valley pursuit ended with a twist. Video broadcast Tuesday May 22, 2018 on Today in LA.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Monkey Business Class: Rhesus Macaque Briefly Escapes Cage at Texas Airport]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 07:43:06 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SA-airport-baboon.jpg

A monkey escaped from its crate Monday afternoon at San Antonio International Airport but was shot with a tranquilizer and was recovered safely.

Officials said the monkey got out of his crate in an isolated baggage area where animals are checked upon arrival. The monkey, a rhesus macaque named Dawkins, according to NBC affiliate WOAI, was on his way to a local animal sanctuary and refuge.

Dawkins was on an American Airlines flight to the Alamo City from Chicago when he "inadvertently became free of his cage," the carrier said. He was contained in an isolated area away from staff and customers and officials from the San Antonio Zoo were called in to ensure his safety.

The zoo said on Twitter that it conducts regular emergency drills so it was prepared for such incidents and transfered the monkey to its owner. 

The monkey had been confined to the baggage handling area and tranquilized, San Antonio Aviation Director Russ Handy said.

He couldn't say how rare such incidents are at the airport.

"People that have been here at the airport a while can't remember this type of thing happening," Handy said. "We transport a lot of the animals and the rules on kennels and how they're supposed to be secure are very clear, so I would say it's very rare."

Photo Credit: WOAI-TV]]>
<![CDATA['Very Sober' Man Calls 911 to Report Pig Following Him: Cops]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 06:38:23 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pig+custody.jpg

Cops in one Ohio town got an usual 911 call over the weekend. It was from a man who said he was walking home from an Amtrak station. 

And, according to the man, there was a pig following him. And he didn't know what to do about it. 

In a hilarious Facebook post early Saturday, cops said "night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy" who must have been "hallucinating" and found instead a "very sober male" walking east on Center Ridge in Elyria. He was, in fact, walking away from the Amtrak station, not from a bar, as they thought. 

"Oh, and he was being followed by a pig," the post said. "Yes, a pig." 

An officer managed to get the pig into his cruiser, where the animal was seen appearing to rest comfortably on the black leather seat. It was then taken to a secure location and returned to its owner hours later. 

The North Ridgeville Police Department also preempted any attempts to poke insensitive fun: "Also, we will mention the irony of the pig in a police car now so that anyone that thinks they’re funny is actually unoriginal and trying too hard. Have a great day."

Photo Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA['Hats Off': Wis. HS Senior Prank Is So Good Even Police Applaud]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 14:33:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/32405600_1737888212967551_2061377868771885056_o.jpg

Even Wisconsin police had to applaud a group of high school seniors for their hilarious prank before graduation.

Senior pranks are often the thing of spring for high school graduates, but the latest one from Cumberland High School seniors is making waves for its creativity.

According to photos posted by local police, the seniors took what appears to be the back half of a vehicle and placed it outside their principal’s office, using a tarp and placing bricks around the vehicle to make it appear as though a car drove into the building.

The back of the vehicle had “CHS Class of 2018, We’re Bustin’ Out” written on it and side windows read “C-ya May 19, 2018.”

“Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank. Congratulation Class of 2018 on one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen,” Cumberland police wrote on Facebook.

According to a Facebook post from the school district, the vehicle involved in the prank was an “old junker.”

“Using tape and a black tarp, the students created the illusion of damage, making it look like the car crashed into the side of the building,” the district wrote. “The best part? This prank included absolutely no damage at all to school property, which is why police singled it out.”

Photo Credit: Cumberland, Wisc., Police Department/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Dancing Burglar Pops During Break-In]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 11:23:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/breakdancing_bandit.gif

A daring burglar was caught on surveillance footage popping and locking after a successful break-in of a Fresno office. Police say suspect David Seale used copied keys to enter the building, coming in and out ten to 15 times to steal a laptop and cash.


<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Burglar Breaks Out Dance Moves]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 07:21:08 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Breaking_Dancing_Bandit_Web_Raw_Social_1200x675_1232704067842.jpg

Security cameras at a Fresno business captured a thief breaking into a celebratory dance.

Detectives were looking through three days of security camera video in the commercial burglary investigation when they came across the dancing bandit, suspected stealing a laptop. The subject was arrested near the business in possession of the stolen item.

Officers also said the man had a key to the building and another that unlocked an office suite from which the laptop was stolen. Authorities later discovered the man had several warrants for his arrest, including a probation warrant.

He was arrested on suspicion of sotlen property and providing false information. He allegedly gave officers a fake name after he was taken into custody.

Photo Credit: Fresno Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Vacaville Police Return 'Errant Iguana' to Owner]]> Sat, 12 May 2018 15:34:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/petigiana_vacaville.jpg

The Vacaville Police Department found an iguana roaming the city’s streets early on Thursday.

"I think there's a Komodo Dragon under my car...," the agency joked on their Facebook page.

“As officers headed to the call, they prepared their best Hiccup maneuvers and prepared to battle with their own Night Fury in the remote Viking Village of Vacaville.

Thankfully, there were no massive reptiles with poisonous saliva waiting, but just an errant iguana. Officers quickly rounded up the lost lizard and gave him a ride back to the PD.

So, here's a new question for our Facebook followers. Anyone missing a reptile friend?”

Vacaville police posted an update on their Instagram page Friday saying the scaly little creature had been reunited with its owner. They also reported that she hadn’t escaped too far:

“More interesting creatures we come across at work ... This beautiful gal made a temporary escape from home, but we were able to catch her before she made it too far, and help reunite her with her owner.”

Iguanas are one of the most intelligent reptiles, and pet iguanas escaping from their owner’s homes are not too rare actually. While iguanas are known to make wonderful pets, they become very large around ten years old and can get a bit aggressive.

Photo Credit: Vacaville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[‘Saved By the Bell’-Themed Restaurant Opens in Los Angeles]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 18:05:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SAVED+BY+THE+MAX.00_03_12_01+THUMB.jpg

Time out! “Saved By the Max,” a pop-up restaurant dedicated to everything “Saved By the Bell” has just opened in Los Angeles. If you’re a wannabe Bayside Tiger you’re going to want to stop by to fill up on food like “The A.C. Sliders” or “Mac & Screech,” and who knows, you might even see Mr. Belding while you’re there.

<![CDATA[NJ Man Unleashes Nightmare Pollen Storm by Accident]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 14:44:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/pollen-horror.gif

Don't try this...anywhere! Eric Henderson of New Jersey unleashed a nightmare pollen storm when he tapped a tree branch with his excavator just to see what would happen. 

<![CDATA[Man Forces Driver to Take Him to KFC: Mountain View Police]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 06:29:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Alberto+Ulloa+Avila.jpg

Mountain View police on Saturday arrested a man after he forced another man to drive him from San Jose to a Kentucky Fried Chicken location in Mountain View, according to police.

The chaotic string of events unfolded around 3 a.m. Saturday when 21-year-old transient Alberto Ulloa-Avila allegedly opened the passenger door of a random man's car in the area of 14th and Santa Clara streets in San Jose, according to Mountain View police. Ulloa-Avila allegedly hopped in the car, ordered the 31-year-old driver to take him where we wished to go and threatened to physically hurt the driver if the driver didn't do as he said.

After arriving at the KFC located near El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View, Ulloa-Avila tried to rob the driver, police said. That's when the driver ditched the vehicle and started to run away.

Ulloa-Avila moved to the driver's seat of the vehicle and proceeded to drive away before promptly turning around and returning to the KFC, according to police. Ulloa-Avila then started chasing the driver across El Camino Real.

Arriving officers eventually found the two men along El Camino Real, according to police. Ulloa-Avila was taken into custody without incident.

Ulloa-Avila was arrested for kidnapping, making criminal threats, vehicle theft, violating a protective order and driving on a suspended license, according to police.

Photo Credit: Mountain View Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif.]]> Mon, 07 May 2018 13:01:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/MarinCoSheriffDeer.JPG

This wasn't your usual suspect in the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department on Monday shared video of a baby deer exploring the back seat of a patrol car just before she was reunited with her mother after becoming separated.

The fawn had previously been spotted sitting in the middle of a road while its mother looked on nervously from a nearby location, according to the sheriff's department. Concerned citizens were able to hold up traffic in an attempt to save the young deer.

After sheriff's deputies arrived, the fawn decided to hop in their patrol vehicle, conduct a brief investigation and even take a sniff from a cup of coffee in a cup holder.

"Hey sweetheart, can you back out and climb out of the car?" a person could be heard saying while a camera was rolling capturing the encounter. "Oh, you're going to drink my coffee?"

After a brief stint in the back, the fawn managed to squeeze past the center console area of the patrol vehicle, leap onto the front passenger seat and stumble out the door. Deputies were able to scoop up the deer and escort it to her waiting mother. 

The department's Instagram post indicated that mother and child "happily ran off into the woods."

Photo Credit: Marin County Sheriff's Department]]>