MINNETONKA, Minn. (NBC/KARE) - In Minnesota, a rare encounter was captured on video when a Minnetonka woman says her dog encountered a fawn in her backyard and the two immediately formed a friendship.
"Everybody is looking for something to brighten their day, and this did it did. It did for me," said Deb Olson.
Deb noticed two tiny fawns in her yard on Wednesday. Then, they found a friend in her dog Gracie.
"They were jumping up on each other. And one would run one away, and the other would chase it," said Deb. Then, the dog would run away, and the deer would chase the dog."
But a day later, one fawn was gone.
Deb and her family live in a wooded area near a wetland, so they see a lot of deer -- but nothing quite like this.
"That my dog, first of all, was not afraid of the deer. The deer was not afraid of the dog," said Deb. "I've never been up close to a deer like that, and it's a feel-good story," said Deb.
The little guy even finds the family's lawn furniture comfortable.
"It's like a little petting zoo back here," said Deb.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say the mother is likely looking for food or maybe senses danger.
- Their rule of thumb is let them be.
- They encourage residents never to feed a fawn at the risk of abandonment.
- They remind the public that taking in wildlife as a pet is illegal.
"We're not going to come out here anymore, and we're going to let nature do its thing," said Deb.
After some great pictures and some close encounters, Deb and Gracie are heeding the advice and will let the fawn have some space.
"I'm excited that it happened, but I hope that the mom comes and picks her up and takes her with her," said Deb.
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