For the past year, Russell the cat has made his home at the Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care in Raleigh, North Carolina, after being severely burned in a fire that destroyed his owner’s home. During his recovery, the sensitive little guy has gone out of his way to befriend the other animals that are brought into the clinic, regardless of their size or species. Russell’s latest friend is Darla, a 3-week-old baby deer who was abandoned by her mother.
“They’re happy to share a bed and be in the same room,” Urgent Care veterinary tech Alyx Reinhardt told ABC 11.
Darla is currently being bottle-fed and monitored and the Hospital staff has found a deer rehabilitation specialist who will take her in when she’s a little bit older.
“She can kind of get her fed, get her grown up and get her back in the wild,” Reinhardt told ABC 11.
In the meantime, she’s in good hand — er, paws with her constant companion.
And if those pictures of Russell (who had to have another procedure on his still-healing back legs) and Darla don’t use up a full day’s worth of “Awwws,” then keep reading. Russell has also extended his own welcome to Rocko, a homeless Chihuahua who was viciously bitten by another animal.
We should all be so lucky to have a Russell in our lives, someone who’s welcoming, comforting and always there for us. Awww, again.