The white-tailed buck was discovered on Wednesday in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem.
But the deer was actually a wild animal, and it quickly became the centrepiece of a bizarre political feud between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Richard Cuomo.
On Thursday afternoon, the city announced it planned to kill the deer.
Deer in Harlem - saw this guy walking around in Jackie Robinson park this morning.
— Drew Gardner @chompaway December 8, 2016
But the Governor s office had a different agenda.