When Matt Miller was on Highway K in Sussex on his way to work at 6:30 a.m. last Friday, he saw the cars on both sides of the road zigzagging to the verge and then back onto the road.
Miller, who lives in Hartland and works as an HVAC technician/head at Lake Country HVAC and travels to locations in southeastern Wisconsin, was on his way to Menomonee Falls.
What was going on?
He saw this: a young deer tried to cross the road, but failed to move its hind legs. Miller said he estimated the deer weighed 40 pounds and thought the deer might have been hit by a car.
“It (the young deer) was literally doing an army crawl,” he said. “Nobody stopped,” I was like, “Come on people.” “
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Miller stopped traffic by getting out of his van on the road. Then he carried the young deer to the side of the road. After pulling his car over, Miller returned to comfort the deer.
“He wasn’t afraid of me. He put his head on my lap while I kept petting him,” he said.
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“As an animal lover, I had to stop, get the baby and comfort him,” he said. He called 911 and the officer came and told Miller what to do: The young deer would be culled.
“I didn’t like that, but it’s out of my hands once you call 911,” he said. He said if he had the means, he would have wanted to find a way to save it.
“I’m glad I was able to keep it comfortable, and it knew someone loved it,” Miller said.
His message to other drivers?: “Watch out for the four hooves on the road.”