10-Year-Old Spotted Walking With Deer

April 29, 2016 Updated: November 28, 2017

Wild animals are often thought of as dangerous, but sometimes amazing bonds can be forged with them.

This particular story is absolutely heartwarming. A young boy was photographed walking around his neighborhood in Chicago with a deer.

Turns out it’s a morning ritual for the 10-year-old–the deer is blind, so the boy would escort her to different patches of grass in the cul-de-sac so the animal could eat.

“My wife and I took this photo yesterday after seeing this happen for a few days,” the boy’s neighbor said on Imgur.

“My wife called the local wildlife rescue group a few towns over. They have a vet on staff and will be picking the animal up today to bring her [to] a forest preserve where she can be looked after and stay out of traffic. I hope she does ok because she was so docile. I wish I could do something for the kid. He’s probably going to miss her.”

People praised the boy, and the neighbor later said the kid and his mom were present when the wildlife rehabilitation group picked up the deer.

“For those of you who are upset about this boys feelings about the deer going away for licensed treatment: His concern was very mature. He had only been walking the deer for a few days and hadn’t named her or tried to claim her as a pet or anything like that. Neither did he shelter her indoors or leave food outside for her which is against the law in our state. He just wanted her to be ok and was relieved to know she would be safe,” the neighbor added.

“When they took her away I spoke to some more people and it sounds like the rest of the neighborhood has been feeding her and guiding her away the road for almost a week now. The little boy was by far the sweetest example of helping and caring. He showed a lot of love and respect and my wife and I are going to talk to his mom about a way she would want to see his act of kindness rewarded. We are going to frame this photo for them and offer to take him to the local wildlife preserve whenever he wants to go.”

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