A baby deer loved having his tummy rubbed by a construction worker so much that he refused to be put down.

Construction workers Anthony Dean and Justin Lewis discovered the fawn tangled in thorns.

Dean attempted to comfort the distressed animal by rubbing his tummy.

The trick seemed to work a little too well, as the animal became completely attached to the man, letting out a cry each time he attempted to put him down.

Dean could not bring himself to force the animal out of his arms so continued to stroke his stomach to calm the baby deer.

"That deer does not want to be put down," Mr Lewis said while filming the adorable encounter.

The creature was eventually persuaded to return to his mother, but only after following the pair around "like a lost puppy" for an hour.

Responses to "Baby deer refuses to be put down after man tickles his tummy (VIDEO)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    awh thats adorable

  2. Anonymous says:

    Humans touching animal babies and mother's not accepting them afterwards is a complete myth. Amazing how these things get started. Humans need to be wary of getting to close to baby wildlife because mother's can be fiercely protective and go after the humans.
    This little deer is awfully cute - seems unusual to be so unafraid of humans at this young age.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Fawns are left alone during the day by their mothers, for their protection. The man moved the fawn because he didn't want a tree to fall on it. And yes it's a myth about humans touching them. Good to see the man is compassionate but sad to know that they are cutting down trees where the deer obviously live :(

  4. Unknown says:

    "Humans touching animal babies and mother's not accepting them afterwards is a complete myth." No, the "myth" is a scientific fact, but for only a LIMITED NUMBER OF SPECIES. You also, are equally as ignorant as the people who say it is universally true. WILD RABBITS, are one of the few examples of animals who do in fact reject their offspring after human contact.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How does the timeline of continental drift relate to evolutionary theories? Though Im sure planetary formation /changes such as that would have to predate a number of species, it's something to think about.

  6. Unknown says:

    Good on you rock...Mag Perth West Australia

  7. Anonymous says:

    Pie Nisiniu, not all wild rabbit mothers reject their babies if they are handled by humans. Last year we found a nest of newborn rabbits in our yard and moved them to avoid running them over with the mower, and in the process cuddled, petted and handled them quite a bit. I didn't want to keep them, they were way too young to be separated from their mother, so I did some research on the internet and found out that the mother will nurse them only at night and leave them in a protected place during the day. When she comes to get them in the evening she will call to them, so when evening came I waited for her with her babies and she was calling so I put them on the ground and they ran right to her while she waited and when they reached her she led them away (of course right toward my garden!).

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