Apparently deer are extremely acrobatic, at least one buck in Kentucky is anyway.

When a deer darted in front of a patrol car in Kenton County recently a dash cam captured just how agile and resilient one buck can be.  

The deer can be seen striking the left front corner of the squad car and then catapults end over end into the air and eventually landing on its back. It appears unfazed though as it gallops back into the woods. 

The Kenton County Police Department released the video recently on Facebook saying the officer did the best he could to maintain control of the vehicle and reduce injury to the animal as much as possible. 

“We think this video is a pretty good training video on how to react when a four-legged furry friend attempts to abruptly cross your path,” the post states. “Officer Pittaluga applied his brakes and steered away from the deer in a controlled manner.”

Deer Collision

Over the weekend, Officer Pittaluga encountered a large deer while driving on Decoursey Pike through Visalia. The encounter was less than cordial and ended as abruptly as it began. We think this video is a pretty good training video on how to react when a four-legged furry friend attempts to abruptly cross your path. Officer Pittaluga applied his brakes and steered away from the deer in a controlled manner. Although he didn’t manage to avoid the collision, he did maintain control of his vehicle throughout the entire incident, even when the large (but apparently agile and acrobatically trained) deer was performing a Triple Axel over the hood of his cruiser. Our officer was unharmed but the cruiser did sustain some damage. As for the deer, he appeared to brush off the incident before quickly running away into the woods. We did place a call to Santa just to be sure this deer didn’t belong to him (we would hate to end up on the naughty list). He was quick to point out that he employs reindeer and that, although this deer did appear to fly, it was not a reindeer (we still aren’t clear whether we will be making the nice list or not).

Posted by Kenton County Police Department on Tuesday, December 1, 2015