06/20/2011 01:48 EDT | Updated 08/20/2011 05:12 EDT

Deer Trashes Halifax Coffee Shop Before Being Downed by Tranquilizer Dart

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- HALIFAX - Patrons inside a Halifax coffee shop received more than their usual morning jolt when a young, male deer crashed through a plate glass window, jumped over some tables and escaped by smashing through another window.

Gordon Stevens, owner of the Uncommon Grounds shop on South Park Street, says about a dozen customers scrambled for cover as the frantic, bleeding animal thrashed about.

He says no one was hurt, despite the flying glass, upturned furniture and toppled lattes.

The deer fled to a construction site at nearby St. Mary's University, where officers with the provincial Natural Resources Department tried to subdue it with a tranquilizer dart.

But the agitated beast bolted for the street, where it soon collapsed in a grassy area along Tower Road.

Stevens says the antlerless deer was probably headed back to Point Pleasant Park, about one kilometre south of the shop.