Baby narrowly escapes deer attack

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:06 PM ET

KENORA, Ont. - When Courtney Van Aertselaer heard her baby daughter, Trinity, shrieking on her deck Wednesday afternoon, she ran out to see what was causing the fuss.

What she didn't expect to see was a deer raising its front hooves to trample the 13-month-old.

The mother swept up Trinity in time, standing between the deer and her daughter, and ran inside.

Unfortunately, her miniature pincher ran into the yard to chase the deer off the property but was instead trampled by the animal and was seriously injured.

"It could have been so much worse. Had I not been outside, even five seconds after, it would have been too late. The deer was going to trample my daughter, it was so scary," said Van Aertselaer.

Afraid the deer would break through her windows, she closed the blinds and called the police.

Nuisance deer in the northern Ontario city has prompted the public to call for a deer cull, but the request has so far been turned down by the provincial government.

"If ever there was a cull, it would have to be approved through MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) and the ministry is not interested at this time," MNR Kenora district biologist Bruce Ranta said last week.


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