A Burned Cat and a Baby Fawn Become Best Friends

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Get ready for something that will warm the cockles of your cold, black hearts. Two furry residents of an animal emergency hospital—a kitty who was burned in a fire and an abandoned fawn—have become unlikely friends. Russell the cat was rescued from a house fire over a year ago in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since then, he has been recovering from his burns at Raleigh’s Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care. A fawn named Darla arrived at the facility and the two have become inseparable.


Darla was found in someone’s backyard, seemingly abandoned by her mother. According to 6abc, the cat and fawn are roommates and even share the same bed. Russell has received treatment at the hospital for more than a year but has yet to make a full recovery. Darla is currently being bottle-fed and will eventually be taken to a deer rehab specialist to prepare her for a return to the wild.

I don’t want them to have to say goodbye!

Image via screencap.

Contact the author at marie.lodi@jezebel.com.

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My dear, sweet brother Numsie!

seemingly abandoned by her mother.

Please don’t interfere with baby deer. Watch them from a distance if you must, and if you don’t see any sign of the mother after a day- call animal control.

9/10 the mother is nearby; they will hang out at a distance from their newborn babies to draw potential predators away.

Then a dumb human comes along and grabs the baby because “the mother should be here! She’d come if she were alive.” It’s a deer, not a bear.