There are plenty of animal lovers in Illinois, but one 10-year-old stands out. After a blind deer showed up in the neighborhood, the boy walked her from one grass patch to another to make sure she found food. He kept a hand on her neck so he could gently guide her from place to place.
Other neighbors noticed--and started leaving out sweet potatoes and other deer-friendly foods. After a few days, one neighbor called a local wildlife rescue group. The group knew of a forest preserve where the deer could be looked after--and be kept away from traffic.
The man who posted the picture of the boy and his deer gave this update after the wildlife rescue group's van drove the deer to a safe place:
"His concern was very mature. He had only been walking the deer for a few days and hadn't named her or tried to claim her as a pet or anything like that. He just wanted her to be OK and was relieved to know she would be safe."
"The little boy was by far the sweetest example of helping and caring. He showed a lot of love and respect and my wife and I are going to talk to his mom about a way she would want to see his act of kindness rewarded. We are going to frame this photo for them and offer to take him to the local wildlife preserve whenever he wants to go."
That's a caring neighborhood for sure.
via The Dodo