A wildfire hit Santa Barbara back in 2009, forcing many animals to relocate. A tiny bobcat kitten and a fawn found themselves clinging to each other.

According to Chesters House, “The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara , CA… caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpentaria. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.”

“…the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzeneggers ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death…. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice. During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.”

bobcat kitten and fawn deer found each during jesusita wild fire

bobcat kitten and fawn found each during jesusita wild fire

Photos by Chesters House via reddit.