JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!
ABC News/YouTube

A beach full of people at Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Michigan got an unlikely surprise over 4th of July weekend when a deer decided to join in the fun.


According to witnesses, the brazen deer just casually sauntered over a sand dune and down to the water's edge to take a dip in Lake Michigan on a hot summer's day like everybody else on the beach.

Deer are often adventurous when it comes to wandering into areas populated by people, but this deer took it to the next level.

Stunned families soon pulled out their phones to capture photos and videos of their new beach buddy as he went about his business.

Deer enjoys a day at the beach on Lake Michigan www.youtube.com

And just to show the ultimate chill, the deer even went over to a young girl sitting in a beach chair nearby and started licking her leg, much to her surprise and delight.

ABC News/YouTube


ABC News/YouTube

The young buck even let people close enough to pet it and play with it (although neither is recommended).


The deer reportedly stuck around the beach for roughly 30 minutes before calling it a day.

But he certainly made an impression on social media.



The deer apparently has become a regular, with the locals naming him "Jim."




Of course there were also those who were skeptical of Jimmy's health, with many wondering if the deer is suffering from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a disease similar to Mad Cow Disease that affects the brains of deer and elk.


The Michigan DNR said they would be keeping tabs on the deer for the time being, and issued a warning to the public, saying:

"At this time, we plan to monitor the situation with the deer. Should it begin to exhibit aggressive behavior, we would consider immobilizing and relocating the deer. We ask that park visitors refrain from feeding or approaching the deer as this is a wild animal that could act unpredictably."

Deer can carry ticks with illnesses like Lyme disease that pose a serious threat to humans, so if you encounter a deer in the wild it's probably best to just let it do its thing.

With his complete lack of fear of humans, it's unclear what Jimmy's future will entail, but he certainly gave the internet something to smile about.

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

Y'all know that one Hannah Montana song? “Everybody makes mistakes! Everybody has those days!" That's the song I sing to myself every time I accidentally burn myself while making ramen. It comforts me to know, however, that there are a lot of worse mistakes out there than some spilled ramen. Who knew?

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Daniel Perrig from Pixabay

When I was younger, it seemed every adult believed that you couldn't swim for several hours after eating. Why did they all believe this? I fought them on this all the time, by the way. I shouldn't have had to, just because I'd eaten some barbecue during a pool party. Guess what, though? That belief is unfounded.

Keep reading... Show less

As much as we're not supposed to feel satisfaction upon observing the struggles of other people, it can be hard to resist a silent, internal fist pump when some blunder occurs immediately after we tried to help the person prevent it.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by leo2014 from Pixabay

One of the most upsetting aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic––which is saying a lot, frankly––is the number of people who have been so affected by misinformation and disinformation. You know the ones to which I refer: These are the people who are convinced the virus is a hoax despite the lives it's claimed and the devastation it has wrought on society at large. Disinformation kills––there are stories of people who remained convinced that Covid-19 is a hoax even while intubated in the ICU, even up to their last breath.

After Redditor asked the online community, "Doctors of Reddit, what happened when you diagnosed a Covid-19 denier with Covid-19?" doctors and other medical professionals shared these rather unsettling stories.

Keep reading... Show less