When the wild deer met the domestic cat, he instantly fell in love. Thankfully for the deer, his love wasn’t wasted — the cat decided he was just as crazy about the deer.

Heather Raskell and her family were just sitting down for their Thanksgiving dinner at Raskell’s aunt and uncle’s home in Medical Lake, Washington, when they spotted the two animals in the backyard. They were doing the most remarkable thing — the young buck was leaning down and covering the cat with licks.

Deer licking cat in backyard

“We looked out their back door, and this little baby buck was having a field day with this cat,” Raskell told us.

To everyone’s amazement, the cat seemed to enjoy it.

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“He was turning around like, ‘Here, get this spot, and make sure you get this spot,’” Raskell said.

Wild deer loving on cat

“At one point he rolled over onto his back and let the deer lick his belly.”

The deer didn’t want to stop.

“Every time the cat tried to walk away, the buck would be like, ‘Oh no. Come here. Come closer,’” Raskell said. “And he kind of took his little hoof and scooted him over to him. But he was very gentle. He wasn’t aggressive or mean to the cat at all.”

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Wild deer loving on domestic cat

Raskell whipped out her phone and began filming the encounter, which went on for about seven minutes, although she only caught a short portion of it.

“It was the most bizarre thing,” Raskell said. “He just licked that little guy forever. And the cat seemed to be like, ‘This is great.’”

By the end of the strange smooch fest, the cat was “soaking wet,” Raskell said.Heather Raskell

“The deer was drooling all over him,” she said.

Raskell said she felt humbled to see this kind of thing in her own family’s backyard.

“It was just an awesome opportunity to catch it,” Raskell said. “It was super sweet and super cute.”

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