John Walkington was standing alongside an Ontario river Monday afternoon, when he heard the screams of what was obviously an animal in distress.

A fawn, estimated to be just one week old, was caught in strong current.

A bystander later said he didn’t think he would have gone into such a dangerous situation with such high water, but Walkington swam to the rescue and returned to shore with the fawn wrapped in his arm — a difficult feat.

Once on dry land the young deer would not leave his side. He later frolicked in the man’s backyard like a dog, and cuddled his rescuer, licking him.

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Thanks to Matt Bott for sending the link