A deer and rabbit were caught on video in Colorado playing with one another, prompting people to call them the real-life Bambi and Thumper from the Disney film.
Steve and Vicky Johnsen, volunteers at the Estes Park Center in Colorado, captured the adorable pair’s interaction outside of the Lula W. Dorsey Museum on August 6. The YMCA of the Rockies later shared the video, which now has over 805,000 views, on its Facebook page on Tuesday, August 11.
“It just brightens everyone’s day when they watch it,” Martha Sortland, the YMCA of the Rockies spokeswoman, told ABC News. “No one had seen the deer and the rabbit playing around before, and [Steve and Vicky] randomly captured it at the right moment,” Sortland added.
CBS affiliate 9 News, in Denver, reported that the deer and rabbit have been seen by various staff members together on a daily basis. In the clip, the pair can be seen bouncing around in the yard, seemingly getting to know one another.
The video garnered over 500 comments, with many people likening the duo to Bambi and Thumper.
“Lol, Bambi and Thumper have jumped off the pages,” Diane Korunow Para wrote.
“Yes I was thinking the same thing Thumper and Bambi. God. is good,” Robyn Burgess added.
“What a beautiful thing to watch. Two different species, just playing together and having fun without a care in the world, and safe!! Long may their little lives continue,” another Facebook user Ronnie Murphy wrote.
While the vast majority people leaving comments were referring to the cuteness overload shown in the video, there were several viewers that questioned whether the animals were actually enjoying each other’s company or fighting.
“I don’t think it’s funny for a rabbit. Maybe it’s mom and the babies are near, that’s why she don’t run away?” Antonina Kuzmina wrote.
“Are they playing or fighting. I know we all want to see playing. But I’ve seen deer eat birds. So would they eat rabbits. I hope not. I hope they are just playing cause it’s nice to think that they are,” Marcelino Soliz said.
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[Image via YouTube screenshot]