The bond between human and animal can be powerful. In the case of this blind deer, it may have meant the gift of life.
A blind deer was living a precarious life in a suburban Chicago neighborhood until a 10-year old boy befriended her for a few days.
Like clockwork each morning, this compassionate youngster would help guide the deer to the available grass patches - ensuring that she was able to find enough food to get her through the day.
A neighbor snapped this heart-warming image and shared the wonderful tale on Reddit.
The story has a happy ending as, according to the original poster, the deer has now been picked up by a licenced wildlife rehabilitation group who will treat and shelter the animal.
Best of all, the neighbor has offered to take the boy to visit his friend at the preserve whenever he wants.
Compassion comes in many forms. This is one of the best examples yet.