Sister Lois Eckes had planned on a quiet walk Tuesday evening.
Instead, the Benedictine nun found what looked like a crime scene about 8 p.m. in a hallway leading to Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the College of St. Scholastica.
A ground-floor window was shattered and there was “a racket” coming from the restroom across the hallway.But it was no burglar. It turned out a whitetail deer had leapt through the window and run into the bathroom, only to trap itself inside when the door shut behind it.
Duluth Police Officer Bill Helgemoe and several security guards and custodians got the doe out of the building by making a chute from the bathroom to the window with folding tables. After the lights in the hallway were turned off, Helgemoe shone his flashlight on the bathroom mirror. This scared the deer into running through the makeshift tunnel and back out the window.
The deer did not appear to be seriously injured.
“It’ll be fine, believe me,” Helgemoe said. “They’re pretty hardy.”
The courtyard the deer jumped in from is closed on all four sides save for one small opening. Sister Eckes said she often sees deer in the courtyard, which has several gardens.
Eckes said lately the sisters have been spraying the tulips with a homemade garlic spray so the deer don’t eat the flowers. They might want to switch to the extra-strength formula. Duluth NewsTribune