When the wild deer encountered the domestic cat, he fell in love at first sight. Fortunately for the deer, his affection was not wasted; the cat decided he was equally smitten with the deer.
Heather Raskell and her family were about to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner at Raskell’s aunt and uncle’s house near Medical Lake, Washington, when they noticed the two creatures in the backyard. They were doing something extraordinary: the young buck was stooping down and licking the cat.
Raskell told The Dodo, “We peeked out their back door, and this tiny baby buck was having a field day with this cat.”
The cat seemed to like it, much to everyone’s surprise.
“He turned around and said, ‘Here, get this spot, and make sure you get this spot,’” Raskell recounted.
“At one point, he lay onto his back and let the deer lick his stomach.”
The deer didn’t want to stop.
“Every time the cat tried to flee, the buck would say, ‘Oh no. Come here. ‘Come closer,’ Raskell replied. “And he kind of nudged him over to him with his tiny hoof.” He was, nevertheless, exceedingly kind. He wasn’t at all violent or harsh to the cat.”
Raskell took out her phone and began filming the encounter, which lasted around seven minutes but only captured a piece of it.
“It was the strangest thing,” Raskell recalled. “He simply licked the little guy for a long time.” And the cat seemed to think, ‘This is fantastic.’”
Raskell described the cat as “soaking wet” towards the end of the odd kiss fest.
“The deer drooled all over him,” she explained.
Raskell said she was humbled to witness anything like this in her own home.
“It was just an awesome opportunity to catch it,” Raskell said. “It was super sweet and super cute.”