Budding swimmers in Berkeley got a surprise visit Thursday morning.
A deer decided to join the fun at Martin Luther King Middle School, and jumped into a pool, barely missing the students, ages three to six, a lifeguard told Berkeleyside.
The animal scampered across the pool deck and dived into the deep end of the pool. Lifeguards Jasper Solomon and Adonis Boyd asked the young swimmers to vacate the pool and rushed to help the fawn, Berkeleyside reported.
Using a lifejacket and floaters, the pair guided the animal to the shallow side of the pool, from where it scrambled out and fled.
Solomon told Berkeleyside that the children were surprised, but no one was hurt.
“The kids got a kick out of all the excitement!” Jeff Johnston, whose son was learning how to swim at the time, told Berkeleyside.
Solomon said that an employee had noticed the deer earlier in the day. It likely “hopped a fence” to gain access to the pool deck, he told Berkeleyside.
The children returned to their lesson once the wayward deer was helped out of the water.