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Updated: December 2, 2013 12:58PM

Two deer wandered into the courtyard of a Gold Coast neighborhood building Thursday afternoon, drawing puzzled looks from gawkers dressed in Halloween costumes before both animals were tranquilized and hauled away by Animal Care and Control workers.

The deer, one a buck with antlers, sat beneath a bush and wandered the grassy space outside 1220 N. State Pkwy. for several hours before authorities arrived and closed off the area, according to Gina Locascio, who tends bar at the Zebra Lounge, which is on the ground floor of the building.

Locascio said she thought her boss was playing a Halloween joke on her when he texted her a picture of the deer around 2 p.m. before she got to work.

“I thought it was fake . . . I thought they put a statue out . . . I’ve lived here for 10 years and I’ve never seen a deer here before,” she said.

Adarsh Devanhalli, a technology consultant who lives in the building, said he thought the deer had escaped from the Lincoln Park Zoo. “It was fun,” he said.

Several onlookers suspected the deer had wandered south along the shoreline before stopping to rest. Others thought they might have come from an inland forest preserve.

“We’ve had coyotes, cougar, deer . . . The only thing we haven’t seen is a brown bear,” joked a Chicago Police officer patrolling on a bike.

Animal Care and Control officials could not be reached for comments Thursday evening.


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