Raccoon and baby deer share hugs and friendship – NBC Chicago

An unlikely friendship between a raccoon and a fawn at a Dallas, Texas-area nonprofit has social media smiling.

Carrie Long runs the nonprofit organization Texas Fawn and Friends, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases orphaned and injured fawns.

“I’m licensed by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and I’m superintendent and specialize in fawns,” Long said.

She and her family have horses and cows. So when friends called about an orphaned fawn, Long says it was only natural to start welcoming them.

Some other animals also find refuge there. Like Jasper, the raccoon who came a year ago and stayed.

“He was about two weeks old. And his eyes had just opened. And he was the cutest thing ever,” Long smiled. “He has free choice. Cat food is one of his favorite treats and he loves Rice Krispies. So he eats a lot of it and it hurt his waist.”

I hope the fawn arrived about a year ago too and Jasper liked it.

Texas fawn and his friends.

“Jasper is kind of like this annoying little brother that you just have to put up with. And he just got really smitten with Hope. When he sees her, he runs and jumps on her and she takes care of it,” Long said.

Long recently posted a video of the couple with Jasper appearing to hug his friend, and the likes and comments started rolling in. A national publication then picked up the story, and here we go.

“My second daughter was like, ‘Mom, do you know how many hits you have?’ I said, ‘please explain this in English.’ I didn’t know what she was talking about. So he just bombed for the last two weeks,” she said.

Long says she posted the video just to make people smile and share their sweet friendship, one born in Texas Fawn and Friends.

Raccoon and baby deer share hugs and friendship – NBC Chicago

Texas fawn and his friends.

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