This is the sweetest thing I’ve read in a long time. I love animals, and I had just had to share this story with you.
Back in June of 2008, Isobel Springett heard a fawn crying for 3 days straight. Apparently abandoned by its mother, the deer was weak and shivering when Springett placed the baby fawn a dog bed with her Great Dane Kate.
“She tucked her head under the dog’s elbow, Kate took the deer to heart.”
Her whole demeanor changed, says Springett, 54, who’s a former animal control officer. “I knew she was a good dog, but I didn’t expect her to mother the fawn.”
The family named the deer Pippin trailed Kate until returning to the wild weeks later. “But every morning she’d show up, tail wagging, looking for Kate and a bottle.” The bond continued, even when Pippin didn’t need mothering. When she was a teen, “Pippin and Kate started to play like two deer, leaping and running into each other.”
Years on, she now visits with her own fawns. The wild offspring keep a distance, but not Pippin. “They still love to rub noses,” says Springett of the deer and her dog, now 11. “There’s a strong connection, but they have no idea it’s a weird one.”