An unusual friendship between a Great Dane and orphaned deer has inspired a children’s book.
Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story tells the story of how Isobel Springett, a photographer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, found an abandoned baby deer in 2008 and took it in.
After bottle feeding powdered goat’s milk to the fawn, which she called Pippin, she watched in amazement as her pet dog Kate began mothering it.
The duo became inseparable – allowing Ms Springett to take a series of amazing pictures of them strolling around the garden and rolling around in the grass at her home.
They are now so famous they their own website and Facebook page.
Recalling her discovery of Pippin, Ms Springett said: “We saw the tiny fawn wandering near our house, looking for its mother and crying – it was hard to ignore. ‘We brought it into the house and our dog Kate was on her bed, so we put the fawn beside her for warmth. Over the next few days the two bonded.”
After a week or so in the house, Pippin decided she would prefer to sleep outside – and her canine friend missed her, said Ms Springett.
“Often, Kate would go off searching for her, coming back triumphantly with Pip in tow. They spent hours playing in our front garden. Even when Pip became a mature doe, she and Kate still played together. They remain the best of friends.”
Ms Springett said the fawn had been on its own for three days and was near starving when she intervened.
And in the opening lines of the children’s book, Ms Springett’s brother Martin, wrote: ‘The fawn lay still and quiet.
‘She was alone and afraid as she waited for her mother to come back….”
Even though Pippin is now a mature doe, she and Kate the dog remain the best of friends