Kittens are known for their curiosity. Fawns are a bit more cautious.
Imagine kitten Miro's delight at having a new friend -- that looks a little different -- to play with!
However, this baby fawn isn't up for much playing. Seeing as it hasn't even been in the world for a full two days, he's a little tired. While Miro bounces around and bats at the fawns ears and face, the fawn remains almost perfectly still.
At this stage of life, fawns have a very strong "flight" reaction, and often they will collapse or try to run from anything they interpret as a danger. It also isn't uncommon to find a fawn alone in a "hiding spot."
When a baby fawn is found on its own, many people think that it is orphaned. This isn't the case. The best thing to do if you find a baby alone in the wild, is to leave it alone. The mother has left the baby in a place presumed to be safe, and she will come back.
Miro the kitten wants nothing more than to investigate and play with his new pal. His jumping and batting behaviors are instinctual for cats and kittens, too. This type of play is typically how kittens would interact with their mother and their litter mates.
These unlikely friendships aren't uncommon! Many pets have befriended other types of animals, both wild and domestic. Cats and bearded dragons. Cats and budgies. Dogs and cows. Everyone just wants to be friends with everyone.
No worries, this baby was soon reunited with mama deer. No kittens or fawns were harmed in the making of this video; as you can see in the video, the interaction was supervised.
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This article was originally published August 15, 2016.