After three deer joined him on a run early Sunday — trotting alongside him as he jogged through Oak Park neighborhoods — Jared Wein of Royal Oak told the Free Press he now “feels closer to nature.”
The 32-year-old said his exciting encounter happened about 8:45 a.m.
He was on his way to pick up his wife from a long shift at a Southfield-area hospital. The plan was to jog over and drive her car home, so she could rest in the passenger seat. Wein said he was cutting through David H. Shepherd Park when he passed by three deer.
“As I passed them, they followed me out,” he said. “I’ve ran past deer before. … But this was the first time that they ran with me, normally they turn and run the other way.”
A long distance runner, Wein added that he runs about five days a week, and recently ran the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in October.
In one of the videos Wein shared on Facebook, the three deer can be seen following him through residential streets.
“It’s my parade!” he says on camera. “These are my pet deer. Sunday morning fun run. Oh Deer!”
Wein said he was nervous at first, but once he could tell the animals weren’t charging, it was “a lot of fun” — and the deer kept pace with him for about half a mile.
“If I stopped, they would stop. They stayed about 10 to 15 feet away from me,” he said.
“They seemed calm, they weren’t making any noises or anything, they were just trotting along. There was one that was close, and two that were farther back, they seemed more curious than anything else.”
Wein said about three or four cars came across his “parade” of deer and started following in the distance, and when the deer turned and left him about two blocks north of Nine Mile Road, the drivers pulled up and asked if he was OK.
“It was just exciting,” Wein said, adding that even after he showed his wife his cellphone videos, she still thought he was crazy.
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