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Deer barges into Kenyon, Minn., nursing home

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KENYON, Minn. (KMSP) -

Pets are welcome to visit their owners at the Kenyon Sunset Home for seniors, but one animal that was not on the accepted-list decided to make an appearance anyway.

The small farming community of Kenyon, the most excitement the seniors usually see is when musicians come in and sing for them, but an uninvited guest caused quite a stir -- and a mess -- on Friday.

Those at the facility say it looked like a crime scene -- and no one knew what was going on until one man followed the trail of blood back to his room, where a deer had hit a dead end.

"This is the first deer that came into my life," said 75-year-old Charles Johnson, who came face-to-face with the intruder. "I looked at him and I knew what a deer was, and I shouted, 'Deer! Room!'"

The former Marine, who served two tours in Vietnam, wasn't startled -- unlike the animal, which had broken through glass, leapt into a resident's room and then stormed down the hall before getting stuck in Johnson's quarters.

"I was calm," he said.

Still, Johnson said he's certainly glad the deer chose his room over a nearby neighbor's.

"Freida next door -- she's itty bitty. She would have went bananas with that thing in her room," he told FOX 9 News.

Emily Quam, director of social services, said the deer passed at least four or five residents before running into Johnson's room.

"A lot of them were our dementia residents that wouldn't' be able to fend for themselves," she said. "My heart was racing faster than I ever [felt] it race in my life. I can't even describe how freaked out and amazed I was."

It's even more amazing to consider that the 120-pound deer was able to break through a window that was less than a foot wide, but Quam has a hunch about how it managed.

"A lot of ambition and a good running start," she said.

After wheeling Johnson out of the room, they called for help -- but authorities eventually had to put the deer down. Still, it wasn't an easy task. The deer was so full of adrenaline that it took 45 minutes and enough tranquilizer to put down 10 cows before the animal finally went to sleep.

"It turned out okay," Johnson said. "Things in life usually do turn out okay, it's just that you feel sorry for the animal -- but the animal shouldn't' have come here to begin with."

Faculty said they are surprised and thankful that no one was hurt, and it's certainly a break-in that the town won't soon forget.

"I will remember this for the rest of my life," Johnson said.

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