A baby deer died Wednesday morning as it attempted to escape from a playground at Bayside High School in which it became trapped, police said.
The buck had found its way onto the fenced-in area after a gate had been left open, police at the scene said. It died as it attempted to escape.
"It was banging itself against the fence repeatedly," an officer at the scene said.
Joan Tennenbaum, who lives near the school off 208th Street, said her daughter, a schoolteacher, first spotted the deer around 9 a.m.
"She said it was jumping around in the air and hurting himself," she said. "There was blood all over the ground."
Tennenbaum said she believed the animal did not likely live nearby.
"Someone probably caught him and brought him down from upstate," she said.
Animal Care and Control officers removed the deer's body from the scene around 10:15 a.m.