Doe door damage (Photo by Eric Mann)
"It was wild!" — literally and figuratively.
That was the reaction by Zack Gagle, an employee of Eichhorn Jewelry in downtown Decatur, about 20 minutes after he witnessed a medium-sized deer, a doe, with her front hooves up on the top of the front door glass.
Gagle said he was in the rear of the business, at 130 N. Second St., when he heard noises and came to the front door to see the deer leaning against it at about 9:15 a.m. on Thursday. The doe left a lot of saliva on the glass, but did no damage. The saliva was easily wiped away.
Gagle said the frightened animal darted away to the north and the last he saw of her, the doe ran across Monroe St. (US 224), narrowly missing a tractor-trailer truck, then turned west into the alley that runs behind the Centurylink telephone building.
The deer entered downtown from the west, first seen going east on Madison St. past the Adams County Courthouse. The animal banged into a door glass at 216 W. Monroe (the rear portion of the building which houses Fifth/Third Bank) and broke it, then turned north at Second and Madison and found its way to Eichhorn's.
It is not known if the doe was trying to shop for an engagement or wedding ring.