Deer adopts family in Italy

Posted at 8:53 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 10:59:17-04

Meet Bob the deer. In the last three days this months-old fawn has adopted an Italian family living in the rolling hills of Tuscany on the outskirts of Florence.

Italy is under a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but the ban does not extend to animals and the young fawn appears to have adopted the family - especially its dog.

The fawn, which the family of Alison Bruce has baptised 'Bob', goes on walks with dog and humans, hangs out in the garden, and participates in canine activities such as chasing balls.

Bruce says the fawn's appearance co-incides with increased sightings of wildlife. She does not know whether it is linked to the reduced human activity which has come with the COVID-19 lockdown. But she acknowledges the irony of the situation: the family dog Charlie, is normally used to chasing wildlife, rather than have forest animals chase it.

Bruce says the onset of the mating season may have a role to play in this strange relationship. But there is one issue: both dog and fawn are male. "It's a bit confusing," she says.