A video shows the rescue and rehabilitation of a small fawn abandoned by her mother.
KTLA reports the video was taken by Darius Sasnauskas in the Yellowstone National Park area and posted on YouTube in late September.
Nearly 2 million people have watched the edited video. It shows the young deer stumbling repeatedly, seemingly unable to put weight on its front legs.
The video shows several bears wandering just outside the fence of his property.
“With so many predators around, she had no chance to survive on her own,” one of the video’s caption reads.
Sasnauskas, described by viral content website Bored Panda as a Lithuanian outdoorsman, steps in, and the next morning the baby deer is getting to know his dogs and cats inside the house.
Sasnauskas makes the fawn a brace “from an oatmeal box,” he says, and bottle fed the animal every four hours.
“I do not support keeping wild animals as a pets, but this was special situation,” Sasnauskas wrote in the video’s description.
The Dodo reports Sasnauskas cared for the fawn for two weeks before he took her out to be released, and hopefully taken in by another doe.
It didn’t go as planned. The tiny deer kisses him on the cheek. And when he walks away, the fawn scampers after him.
After several days of attempts, the fawn’s mother came and took the baby back, but Sasnauskas did not have his camera at that time.
“I didn’t expect this story to become so popular,” Sasnauskas writes in the video’s caption. “I am sure that any of us with a little bit of a conscience about our existence, with love for the nature and animals would do the same.”