Sometimes people are so wonderful it makes our hearts burst.
Today’s example of humanity in action comes to us via the Reddit user bluecollarclassicist, who, as AOL reports, took a photo of a neighborhood boy leading a blind doe to a patch of grass for her morning meal. As bluecollarclassicist explained, this shot wasn’t just a one-time thing. This little boy has helped the visually-impaired animal find breakfast every morning for the past week before the boy headed off to school. Our hearts, our hearts!
The photo went viral (because of COURSE it did) and has been viewed over 3 million times since it was originally posted.
Of course, this doe needed more than just a morning buddy, and so a neighborhood woman called a local wildlife rescue, the only group that is legally able to treat and shelter a deer in their home state of Illinois.
And how did the boy take the news that animal friend was moving on?
“His concern was very mature,” bluecollarclassicist explained in a follow-up post. “He had only been walking the deer for a few days and hadn’t named her or tried to claim her as a pet or anything like that. Neither did he shelter her indoors or leave food outside for her which is against the law in our state. He just wanted her to be okay and was relieved to know she would be safe.”
After the doe was taken away, the Reddit user learned that the rest of the neighborhood had also been pitching in over the course of the past week to keep the deer fed and away from the road. Still, as bluecollarclassicist sees it, “The little boy was by far the sweetest example of helping and caring. He showed a lot of love and respect and my wife and I are going to talk to his mom about a way she would want to see his act of kindness rewarded. We are going to frame this photo for them and offer to take him to the local wildlife preserve whenever he wants to go.”
And for the tl;dr crowd, the Reddit user gave an A+ one-line rundown of the whole shebang.
“Deer is safe. Boy is happy. Everyone is relieved. IRL karma for boy ASAP.”
We know we said it before, but we really feel like the situation merits saying it again — our hearts, our hearts!
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