This injured bambi deer is pictured hanging out with a baby duck after the pair struck up an unlikely friendship when the fawn was injured by a combine harvester.
The deer lost part of its hind leg when it was caught in a combine harvester and was taken to an animal rescue centre in Freistadt, a small Austrian town in the state of Upper Austria in the region Muehlviertel.
Karin Binder, the manager of the animal refuge centre said: “The deer had about a third of its back hind leg separated, it seems the injured deer had been lying injured for a few days before a passerby saw him.
The deer underwent an emergency operation and is not recovering.
Binder added: “The deer is recovering surprisingly quickly. However, he will not be able to return to the wild. His missing part of his hind leg is a major handicap for him.
“The deer will need to remain in quarantine for the next few weeks so his leg can heel. The risk of infection is high.
However, the deer is being kept company by a baby duck, who fled its enclosure and settled next on the injured deer.
The baby duck itself had only been at the centre a few days after it was found abandoned and alone swimming on the Danube.
Now the pair are inseparable and the duckling has spent its time with the injured deer.