Orphaned Fawn Saved From Raging California Wildfire Thanks Officer With a Kiss

Deer thanks officer with kiss
CHP Redding / Facebook

As a deadly wildfire rages in Northern California, the adorable rescue of one four-legged resident has warmed the hearts of concerned onlookers everywhere.

The California Highway Patrol in Redding, near which the Carr fire has killed at least five people and is still growing, released a photo Saturday of a sergeant holding a helpless fawn.

The baby deer had been orphaned by the 80,000 acre blaze when CHP San Francisco Sergeant Fawson received a call.

"Sgt Fawson evacuated the deer to safety," CHP Redding posted to Facebook. "The deer was released to, and will be cared for by a wildlife rescue."

Photos of the rescue were undeniably adorable and one in particular was too cute to be posted without being called out.

"The fawn even thanked Sgt Fawson with a kiss..." the CHP post read. 

The Carr fire most recently claimed the lives of two young children and their great-grandmother when they were taken by surprise by the fast-moving flames at their rural home outside Redding, the AP reports.

James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, and 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe were unaccounted for since Thursday and declared dead Saturday

More than a dozen others remain missing, though officials remain hopeful that many of these individuals are alive but unable to make contact with authorities or loved ones. 

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