We'd say this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
For Wisconsin resident Dave Bernarde, a morning workout on Aug. 16 at the local high school was nothing out of the ordinary. But when his sweat session concluded and he stepped outside the weight room, things went from mundane to eye-opening pretty quickly.
What he found outside the gym was a six-point whitetail in velvet, and a super-friendly one at that. As he approached the young deer, it came within a hand's reach to his complete dismay. It's then Bernarde began recording the encounter with his cell phone.
Here's the awesome video:
"I got up right close to him with my hand out and down goes his head, takes those velvet horns and locked them on my leg and started rubbing away. It was like, 'Oh my God, this is crazy,'" Bernarde said. "To wrap those horns around my leg and try and rub it like a tree...I just never imagined in my life that I would have an encounter with an animal like that in that way, it just blew me away."
It turns out this buck is somewhat of a celebrity in De Pere, with dozens of people experiencing fascinating and thrilling encounters. This is one friendly deer for sure!
Who has been lucky enough to touch velvet? We'd love to hear your stories!
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