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Wild deer back home at Belgian embassy


Not the Belgian embassy’s deer, but some cousins in a Fairfax backyard in 2007. (James M. Thresher/The Washington Post )

The embassy residence on Foxhall Road sits on nine bucolic acres that three wild deer — two male, one female — call home. “It’s a marvelous sight in the evening,” Matthysen told us Friday. The violent storm June 29 downed several trees, including one that destroyed a section of the property’s surrounding fence. The frightened animals disappeared for a while (“It was a concern,” he said) until they were located next door on the grounds of the Spanish ambassador’s residence.

Now they’re back home and everyone’s happy — the deer, the ambassador and the embassy staff. Well, maybe not the gardener. “You have deer or you have flowers,” said the ambassador. “We have deer.”

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