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Deer trashes Des Moines apartment

December 31, 2009 at 06:01 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman used a vacuum cleaner and a garbage can to fight off a deer that crashed into her apartment.

But the deer caused major damage to the apartment before it made its way to freedom through an open door.

Animal Control Officer Cindy Alley says the deer apparently became startled by traffic and jumped through the window at the Royal Oaks apartment Thursday morning.

The deer broke glass tables, punched holes in the walls and destroyed a toilet in the bathroom. The deer also cut itself and left blood smears throughout the apartment.

Alley says someone opened a door and the deer eventually ran outside where it jumped a fence and disappeared.

Alley says the woman’s teenage son locked himself in a bedroom to avoid the ruckus.

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