Animals are just so much more awesome than people
Little Orphan Charlie
txvoodoo posted these adorable pictures not too long ago and they are what I thought of when I heard this story:
The doctor my mother works for, his daughter lives out in Missouri. She and her husband were out driving on the highway and they saw that there was a deer on the side of the road, obviously having just been hit by a car. But what mostly drew their attention was the young Fawn at the deer's side. So, they pulled over and checked on the deer, who was sadly dead. Not knowing what to do, they called the cops, who then called animal control. When the animal control people came, they rechecked the lack of life in the Doe's body. The husband asked what happens to the Fawn now. The animal control guy said that unfortunately, protocol calls for euthenizing the orphaned fawns. The husband was horrified to hear this and begged the AC guy to let him take it home, take care of it, etc. That he'd pay the fine or whatever it would mean. After much hemming and hawing, the AC guy let him take the Fawn home.
When the doctor and is wife went out to Missouri to visit their daughter and family, this was several weeks after the above incident. They got there and they asked their granddaughter, H, where the deer was. So H grabbed her grandma's hand and led her to the open backyard. She cups her hands to her mouth and hollers, "CHAAAAARLIIIIIE". And after a couple a seconds, out from the woods comes a Fawn running up to H. With the fawn are their two dogs and after the fawn greets the new guests, he goes back to playing with the dogs in the yard. Once they brought that fawn home,he went on a diet of 8 bottles of Efamil a day and various fruits and such that he eats out of everyone's hands or a dish especially for him.
I'm going to leave the story there as that is as much as I know about Charlie himself. I hope in his future he is able to adapt to the wild again and make a family for himself. I will say this, though, when I read about the reasoning for euthenizing the orphaned fawns, as sad as that is, I understand why.
Christian the Lion
Speaking of humans raising animals, I'm sure ALL of you have seen the video about the guys who helped take care of a lion cub and then go back to visit him a year later, right?
The one I've seen elsewhere has the whole footage set to Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You", which you can see HERE
However, I prefer the following version, because you get to see the longer footage after the above video cuts off. Honestly, just watch both. Hee. They'll warm your heart and your eyes. I am simply unashamed by the teariness I got in my eyes watching:
Really, people are just never that cool.