It was a case of "deer oh deer" when Bath pensioner Jane Eyre`s home insurance broker heard her tale of doe.
She had rung to explain how a young stag had just crashed through her window, bounded round the house, wrecked a table and then left the same way it came in.
All in all, not the best way to start the day, especially as it caused £122 worth of damage and gave 87-year-old Mrs Eyre "a bit of a shock".
She told the Bath Chronicle. "I heard a huge noise as the window broke. I was utterly astonished - I thought I was having a nightmare, it was thrashing around trying get out. Had I not been in the house, I don't like to think what would have happened."
Mrs Eyre, who has 11 grandchildren, could not imagine where the deer came from as her Lansdown home is in a cul-de-sac, and backs on to a high wall.
She rang her insurance firm to report the damage. "They said 'oh dear', then they said 'oh, that's not the best thing to say, is it?'."
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