This happened Friday, so you can't really say we're right on top of it. But: A couple of deer made headlines during the it's-the-end-of-the-week-just-please-let-me-get-home commute by gamboling onto the Golden Gate Bridge, then trotting with palpable insouciance up the northbound lanes. The upshot was that they brought a great civilization, or at least the part represented by North Bay-bound drivers, to a standstill.
Here's how CBS San Francisco describes the scene:
...CHP officers were caught in the resulting traffic backup and by the time they reached the scene, the deer were gone, Barclay said. However, several videos and photos taken by people on the bridge have surfaced.
Drivers appeared to have slowed behind the animals, leaving the lanes clear in front of them.
“They pretty much created their own traffic break,” Barclay said, noting that northbound traffic tends to be backed up and slower around 5:30 p.m. anyway.
“That could be what saved the deer from getting hurt,” he added. “If it was lighter traffic the cars would have been moving faster.”
What a couple of awesome ruminants. We're hoping they enjoyed telling the story to their deer friends.