Deer returned to habitat after jumping in pool east of Toronto

WHITBY, Ont. — A deer who took an accidental dip in a Whitby, Ont., pool has been returned to her habitat.

Police say they were called just after 8 a.m. about a deer that had wandered into a backyard.

They say that once animal control officers arrived, police slowly went into the yard — but the deer got spooked and jumped over a fence, landing in the neighbour’s pool.

Police say they were able to tranquilize the deer while it was still in the water, and used a pool skimmer to make sure it stayed in the shallow end while the drug took effect.

They say the deer was removed from the water, driven north and released.

The Canadian Press