Bobcat Kitten and 3 Day Old Fawn Take Shelter Together After Wild Fire

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.

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16 Responses to “Bobcat Kitten and 3 Day Old Fawn Take Shelter Together After Wild Fire”

  1. I wish that there was a ending to this story. What happened to the fawn and bobcat kitten??

  2. Chasanatun Chafida says:

    Beautiful…………..=(( ( I am crying)

  3. Preston says:

    This is so cute and like June asked, is there an ending? The fire was in 2009. that 3 years ago.

  4. Eve says:

    I would like to know too! This is so adorable <3

  5. Denise says:

    that is so beautiful

  6. Liza says:

    Inquiring minds would like to know how the story ended. Love the photos!

  7. Sapphire says:

    I remember seeing the pics of these sweet little critters and reading the articles when this first happened. They were taken to a facility for rehab and were eventually released back into the wild.

    • Mellie says:

      Thank you for finishing their story, Sapphire. One can only hope that they still remember each other with fondness. In a children’s story, they would be friends forever, but alas, real life is seldom like that..

      Still, I can always hope for that exception:)

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  9. Ingrid says:

    Simply beautiful and very moving.

  10. Iffat says:

    So heartwarming & sweet. So happy that they found each other.

  11. nnua says:

    Perhaps the size & fur length of the fawn reminded the bobcat kitten of her mummy? Very glad they found each other in this time of need.

  12. Jeff says:

    Just goes to show love knows no bounds….They make a cute couple….too excuse me but I developed a cavity…

  13. Christy says:

    Very special and cute. I hope they are both doing okay.

  14. Potato says:

    I hope they find both of their mothers.

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