Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif. - NBC 6 South Florida

Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif.

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    Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif.
    Marin County Sheriff's Department
    A young deer explores the back seat of a Marin County Sheriff's Department patrol car. (May 8, 2018)

    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.

    Ken Bohn , San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    "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."