Lori Jones works at Horsetooth Inn and RV Park, Florida, California. The store is located in an area where nature thrives, so spotting wildlife is common. One chance meeting, however, really caused a stir with the locals.
A wild doe, apparently well known to the area, walked into the store one day and began to look around, as any other customer might.
“It was hilarious,” Jones told The Dodo.
“She was looking at the sunglasses and the chips. I was laughing so hard.”
Jones assumed that the deer had gotten lost in her confusion, and decided to lure her out of the store with a peanut bar in hand.
A one-time occurrence?
Having removed the doe from the store, Lori was content with the experience. She assumed it would be the first and last time the female physically came into the shop.
How wrong she was.
“About 30 minutes later, here comes the deer again with her whole family,” Jones said.
“I’m in the office doing inventory, and I come out to find her there. This time she brought back her twins, and this one young buck that she adopted.”
“They were just looking in the doorway like, ‘Can we come in too?’ I said, ‘No,’” Jones recalled. “It was so funny.”
What exactly the deer family thought they were doing is open to interpretation. Shopping for Christmas jumpers, perhaps? Mom picking up some last minute stocking-fillers?
Once again, it was a peanut bar that did the trick with regards to convincing the inquisitive family to leave.
“It was just a lovely thing to see,” Jones told The Dodo.
“The population of wildlife here is just astounding. We have mountain lions, bighorn sheep, deer, raccoons — you name it. They have to fend for themselves. That’s nature. But I think they’re all wonderful.”
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I can safely say I’d be left surprised if an entire deer family visited me at work!