An unexpected visitor caused a flutter at the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) here on Sunday. Even as thousands of visitors from various parts of the country who are enjoying the season in this tourist resort were making a beeline to the garden, the garden workers came across a deer inside one of the ponds.

It was presumed that the animal which had come from the Raj Bhavan reserved forest located above the garden had either been chased by stray dogs or attracted by the verdancy of the surroundings, particularly the lawns. It had suffered a minor injury on its back. Witnessed by a good number of tourists, the workers shifted it to a building near the threshold of the garden.

On being informed, a team of forest officials from the Nilgiris North Forest Division, led by Ranger Premkumar, took custody of the animal and removed it to the Government Veterinary Hospital.

Speaking to ‘The Hindu', Mr. Premkumar said that it was a male barking deer (muntjac) aged about one year.

The Livestock Inspector, Chenna Krishna, said that suitable treatment had been provided to the deer and it would recover soon.

The deer was taken to a facility of the Forest Department at Pudhumund near here.

Later, it was released inside the Raj Bhavan reserved forest.

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