It was an odd love story indeed. A wild deer fell in love with a cat who felt the same about him.

Heather Raskell and her family were simply enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner at her uncle and aunt’s home in Medical Lake in Washington. They had just begun dining when they noticed the remarkable sight: the young deer leaning down and bombarding the cat with kisses.

Heather Raskell

“We looked out their back door, and this little baby buck was having a field day with this cat,” Raskell says. And to everyone’s surprise and amusement, the cat seemed to be enjoying it. “He was turning around like, ‘Here, get this spot, and make sure you get this spot,’” Raskell adds. “At one point he rolled over onto his back and let the deer lick his belly.”

Heather Raskell

The deer had no intention of stopping either. “Every time the cat tried to walk away, the buck would be like, ‘Oh no. Come here. Come closer,’” Raskell says. “And he kind of took his little hoof and scooted him over to him. But he was very gentle. He wasn’t aggressive or mean to the cat at all.”

Heather Raskell

Raskell immediately began filming the encounter between the two animals for seven solid minutes. However, she only managed to capture a tiny segment of it. “It was the most bizarre thing,” she says. “He just licked that little guy forever. And the cat seemed to be like, ‘This is great’. The deer was drooling all over him.’”

Rasket explains that she was felt humbled watching the incident taking place in her family’s backyard. “It was just an awesome opportunity to catch it,” she says. “It was super sweet and super cute.”

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