Here’s the heartwarming story of Lil Johnny Deere—and his 165 friends that are cows.
The yearling fawn first appeared on Kari McKay’s Spokane, Washington, cattle farm in early November. Alone and without his mother, the little button buck has now become a familiar fixture in the fields since that fall day. He seems to crave the companionship of the cows, and on all accounts, they seem to be a little smitten with him too.
McKay has never seen anything like this before, but she is certainly having fun documenting the fawn’s daily adventures with her camera. Her pictures give us all a glimpse into the interactions of two species of animal that are seldom seen together.
Lil Johnny Deere, which is the adorable name McKay gave him, originally did the four mile trek with the cows to their winter pasture.
“It was nip and tuck at first with Lil Johnny Deere not quite sure that he wanted to leave the pasture that he was comfortable being in, but after he realized that the cows weren’t coming back he decided to run and catch up with them and tag along,” she said.
“He loves these cows! I’m not sure that they love him as much as he loves them, but you can tell that he feels safe with them.”
Here’s a short video Tess Maune did on Lil Johhny Deere:
If you’d like to follow along on the adventures of Lil Johnny Deere, he now has his very own Facebook page. Here’s the latest entry from December 18:
“Well he’s still out there!! He survived the negative digits last night and the blowing wind and single digit temps the past few days. He’s a tough little guy!! He still loves his cows and sticks with them wherever they go. He’s been a great teacher too!! This little deer is teaching me a LOT!”
A big thanks to McKay for sharing this story of the most unlikely of friendships with us. And of course to Lil Johnny Deere – for being so darn cute!
Photos Courtesy of Kari McKay/Facebook (Follow the Page!)