Here is today's warm and fuzzy! Deer are such beautiful graceful creatures....and now we can add compassionate to the list.

It's a scene right out of a Disney movie, a mother goose has lost her lifelong mate and was left alone to create and tend to her nest. She spends the day sheltering her eggs from the cold spring air inside an empty cemetery urn chosen as home.

The loss of her male partner now makes her vulnerable to any would-be predators who choose to approach the nest. But, in an unlikely twist of fate, an adult deer has befriended the mother goose, taking over the role of protector.

This animal arrangement is highly unusual, since there's no known way that a deer and goose can communicate. Yet somehow the deer has come to understand the need of the nesting mother.

The deer now spends its days near the urn acting as guardian when needed. As passersby approach the area the deer stands and places itself between the person and the nesting goose. On one occasion the deer even took a protective stance taking on a barking dog near the area of the urn.

My question is, did the deer take on the father role of these goslings?  Once they're born will the deer slowly slink off into the woods?  Wouldn't that be sad???  Of course, when Ken and I talked about this story, all he could think about was venison!  KEN!!!!

via Bambi Protects Mother Goose | Environment | North Buffalo News.