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16 unlikely animal friendships

July 1, 2011, 9:37 a.m.
fawn and rabbit

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Real-life Bambi and Thumper

When Svetlana Harper spotted a shivering fawn on the roadside next to a dead doe, she brought the young deer home, nursed it back to health and named it Bambi. The fawn was just a year old, and just like in the 1942 Disney classic, this little Bambi had lost her mother. When the young deer’s health improved, Harper began introducing her to her other animals, and Bambi took an immediate liking to Ben, Harper’s rabbit. The two have become inseparable.