What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “wildlife encounter”? We bet you’ll think of a bunch of heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping, even near-death experiences. But this group of runners enjoying an early morning sprint in the woods had a very different kind of wildlife encounter. With an adorable little baby deer! Keep reading to know what happened next; we have it all on video later!
A face-to-face encounter with a wild animal begs a simple but tricky question: what should you do? You can either admire the animal or click a picture, both from a safe distance, of course. The same choice presented itself to the runners in today’s story. In the end, their chance encounter with the newborn deer became a rather memorable one. It all started when the group of friends woke up bright and early for a trail run in North Devon, England. A little later into their sprint, they were met by a cute (and rather confused) baby deer. The deer was far too young and frail to even stand properly at first. It still had curly fur and clear white spots on its back!
Going by the clip below, the runners seem to have had prior experiences with animal encounters before, because they knew exactly how to act around the deer. Despite the temptation to cuddle it, they decided that it was best to leave it be as their scent could cause the fawn’s mother to reject it. The men also made sure they were very gentle around the tiny creature. They spoke in hushed voices and were cautious enough to avoid scaring it away.
Now, you may be thinking: why didn’t they just take the fawn to a shelter where it could be safe from predators? But the fact is, the group actually did the right thing. You see, baby deer are usually left alone and often end up stumbling onto trails like in the clip. This newborn’s mother was said to be close by, which is why it wasn’t in any real danger.
You have to admit, this was quite an experience! Watch the clip below to see just how the runners interacted with the adorable baby deer. Maybe it’ll encourage you to get your running gear out of storage and hit the woods or the mountains again! If you love wild animals as much as we do, do share this post with your friends and family.