Deer with Rescuer screenshot Darius Sasnauskas

After he saved a baby deer’s life, he had a hard time returning it to the wild–the little thing refused to leave his side.

A Lithuanian outdoorsman happened upon a doe as she gave birth to twin fawns. He hung around to watch the baby deer take their first few steps, and that’s when he noticed something was wrong.

One of the fawns had an injured leg, causing the mother to instinctively abandon it.

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Darius Sasnauskas couldn’t leave the little deer alone in the woods, so he brought it home to rehabilitate and release it.

Like the Australians did for this lamb, he made a leg brace from an oatmeal box and worked to get the fawn back on its feet.

The fawn quickly settled into life with his new family, sticking by Sasnauskas’ side and playing with their two big dogs.

When the fawn was ready to return to the woods, Sasnauskas hiked out to find a doe who might adopt the baby. It took several tries because the fawn didn’t want to leave the man who’d “fawned” over it for so long.

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On his first attempt, the fawn rejected the herd to chase Sasnauskas home as the wild deer looked on.

“The deer are looking like, ‘What the heck is going on,’” Sasnauskas says in the video below.

He searched every evening for several days, until he found the deer he believed to the fawn’s natural mother. That time, the little deer left with its original family.

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A few months later, he ran across the fawn and its family again. Sasnauskas and the herd eyed each other for a time, before the deer galloped away into the woods – the fawn able to keepe up just fine with the rest of its family, thanks to the man’s healing hand.

(WATCH the video below) — Photo: Darius Sasnauskas, video

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