Dawn Rasmussen’s husband heard a newborn deer crying in their yard in May 2020, and it sounded like a sheep bleating. They decided to call him Thor because a fawn approached him and stood on his foot while they were examining.

They quickly phoned a veterinarian out of concern for the fawn’s welfare, and the veterinarian concluded that Thor had been abandoned, probably because his mother had died, as fawns aren’t usually left to fend for themselves. Thor’s level of action, according to Dawn, was a concerning indicator.

Thor’s veterinarian was unable to accommodate him, so Dawn and her husband stepped into the position of deer parents, determined to raise Thor as a wild animal rather than as a pet. They built a sizable outdoor enclosure so he could roam and be outside. For the first six weeks, according to Dawn, she slept in a tent next to Thor to make sure he was secure at night.

Between May and September, she nurtured him and taught him how to obtain food on his own by giving him goat’s milk from a bottle every three hours. When he was four months old, Thor was already ambling into the wilderness on his own, but he would run when Dawn called to him for milk.

In the event that she didn’t show up right away, he would even wait for her outside their deck. At the age of two and a half, Thor and Dawn have become close. He lives with his aunts and sisters in a herd of deer close by. He occasionally spends a lot of time away from his home range, but he always returns to hang out with Dawn.

Thor visiting Dawn’s house with a broken leg pushed their friendship closer. She treated his injuries, worked out alongside him, and even gave him a leg massage. Thor has totally recovered under her care and is now able to run and jump like any other deer.

Dawn’s appreciation for wildlife and outdoors has grown as a result of caring for Thor. Her awareness of the environment and the significance of animals in our world has increased. See the special bond between Thor and his dedicated foster mother in the video down below.