About 8PM last night I was driving along a little country lane with 6ft hedgerows on either side. Suddenly a dark shadow appeared on my left and I hit the brakes hard. A fallow deer had leapt over the hedge and landed a few feet in front of me. It stood there for 30 seconds or so with that classic ‘deer in headlights’ look and then trotted off.
I started to move off again and I had barely moved a cars length when another deer did the same thing. This one landed so close that she brushed my bonnet with her tail.
I’m used to the deer around here and you see them by the side of the road several times a week. It’s also quite common to have to brake hard as one runs in front of you, or is standing in the middle of the road on a bend. But if they’ve taken hints from Rudolph and can now fly, I will have to start thinking 3 dimensionally!