In this May 3, 2016 photo provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a deer with its head caught in the globe from a lighting fixture over its head stands in the woods in Centereach, N.Y.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation—AP
By Olivia B. Waxman
May 5, 2016

In what has the makings of the perfect deer in headlights joke, a deer got its head stuck in a light globe earlier this week in a suburb outside of New York City.

The state’s department of Environmental Conservation said one of its officers found the animal in the woods on Tuesday in Centereach, out on Long Island. Officer Jeff Hull was sent to remove the lighting fixture and got a little bruised in the process.

“On his first attempt, the wet globe slipped out of his hands, and the deer ran into a nearby downed tree, causing it to fall,” the department wrote on Facebook. “On his second attempt, ECO Hull flung his coat over the globe, bear hugging it with both arms as the deer kicked and struggled to break free. The deer managed to slip out of the globe and ran off into the woods.”

Write to Olivia B. Waxman at olivia.waxman@time.com.

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