Workers find baby deer who loves belly rubs and panics when they stop
Anthony Dean, a tree expert from Louisa, Kentucky, came across the tiny baby deer on one of his job sites and picked it up to move it away from harm.
But after giving it a friendly pet, the animal was instantly attached and refused to be put down.
Footage show Mr Dean attempting to lower the animal to the ground with it bleating out in alarm.
As soon as he has it back in his arms, stroking its stomach, the deer returns to its trance-like state with its limbs limp and head rolled back.
My buddy and I were clearing a right of way for the electric lines and came across this fawn trapped in the fall path of the tree we were about to trim. He was tangled in some thorns and was pretty shaken up after we cut him loose, so we started rubbing his belly to calm him down…. which worked a little too well, as you can see.
He followed us around the job site like a lost puppy for about an hour until I noticed a doe watching us from the hillside. Assuming this was his mother, I carried him about halfway up the hill while she watched attentively. I sat him down, he ran straight to her, and they walked off together.
Many YouTube viewers have said how cute the baby deer looks in Mr Dean’s arms, but others had different opinions:
The deer isn’t crying because it’s being out down. When a deer is on its back, it enters a sort of submissive state where it just doesn’t move. When the deer is on its back, and it’s belly is being rubbed, it really has no choice but to stay put. When they rotate the deer around to try to put it down, it goes back into its normal state, and calls for its mother. If you actually set it down, it’d probably freak out and run away to find its mother.